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Grace Schools 
Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

For Reference 

Not to be taken from this room 


Winona Lake, Indiana 

Reflections By Still Waters 

Everyone Is Talking 

by Charles W. Turner 


Conversation has to be one 
of the high marl<s of man's 
being. Indeed, we have a soul 
and all of the essential parts of 
our being. But to converse 
with other beings really counts 
for a lot. Having said this, I 
approach the subject of speak- 
ing to others who are not 
necessarily human. 

Have you noticed lately 
that just about everything is 
talking to us? One of my more 
recent surprises was when I 
entered an automobile and 
was asked, "Do you have your 
seat belts buckled?" It proved 
to be a valid question, I did 
not! Having recovered from 
this shock, I was informed by 
the same friendly voice, "The 
door is ajar." 

Talking cars are bad 
enough, but at a recent 
business equipment meeting a 
gentleman handed me a micro- 
phone and invited me to 
speak to the computer. Yes 
indeed, with a few simple 
instructions from the man, I 
did speak to the computer 
and it spoke back to me. Or, 

have you seen the newest in 
alarm clocks? They not only 
will project the time on the 
ceiling, but they will also 
speak to you. If you desire 
to know the time of night you 
simply place your hand on the 
clock and a voice in the 
middle of the night says to 
you, "It is 3 o'clock." 

But of all the "odd" con- 
versations there is one that 
surpasses them— talking to 
clowns. Not an ordinary circus 
clown, but a really plastic 
model. They are at a few 
select drive-in restaurants. Pos- 
sibly you have met one of 
them. About four feet tall, 
they are designed to be at the 
level of your car window. 
You drive up and sometimes 
you have to push their big red 
noses and be ready to converse 
with this strange looking crea- 
ture. My first impulse is to 
look around to see if anyone is 
watching, if not, I feel free to 
speak. The clown says, "May I 
have your order please?" It is 
difficult for me to converse 
intelligently with such a 
strange being, but it is either 
talk or go hungry. No real 
problem, though, because my 

stomach wins over my bashful- 
ness. So I quietly mention I 
need a hamburger and a shake 
and then feel a little more at 
ease to hear the friendly 
words, "Thank you, proceed 
to the pick-up window." 

In this day and age of all 
kinds of talking images and 
boxes, it seems that we have 
enough "things" talking to us. 
Maybe we are so busy listening 
to TVs and cars and plastic 
clowns that we are missing the 
speaking of the still small 
voice. I refer, of course, to the 
voice of God. The noise and 
the thunder come to us, but it 
is not the voice of God. 
Rather it is the shout of 
mankind bidding to be heard. 
Men with a multitude of 
opinions and pressures, all 
calling for our attention and 
with few having anything to 

Have you ever noticed that 
the loudest part of the TV 
program is always the com- 
mercial? While the world is 
bidding us to listen, there 
is a need in our noisy world to 
pause and listen for the voice 
of God. The clearest message 
is in the Bible where the 
revelation of His Son, Jesus 
Christ, is made known. The 
voice tells us we are lost 
without Him and that we are 
wandering sheep. The message 
tells of the way to come 
home. Some quiet withdraw- 
ing is much in order these days 
when the unrest of humanity 
continues to mount. There 
is a lot of free advice, but 
there is only one Message of 
Hope. ■ 





Vol. 46 No. 1 January 1984 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 
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Editor, Charles Turner 
Managing Editor, Kenneth Herman 
Artist, Mary Jane Fretz 
Editorial Secretary, Omega Sandy 
Departmental Editors: 
Christian Education: 

Ed Lewis, Brad Skiles 
Foreign Missions: 

John Zielasko, Nora Macon 
Grace Brethren Boys: 

Mike Ostrander 
Grace Brethren Men: 
Harold Hollinger 
Grace Schools: 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr. 
Denny Brown 
Home Missions: 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer, Liz Cutler 
Women's Missionary Council: 
Nora Macon 


6 Walking with God at Altavista 

8 Navajos Invade Grace 
10 Expanding Our Grace Brethren Fellowship 
12 The Rempels— Slowing the Pace of Retirement 
14 Spotlight on Europe 
17 Grace Brethren Foreign Missions Family Album 

25 On Personal Motivation . . . 

26 Family Worship 

29 It's All in the Topping 

32 WMC & Grace Schools 

33 Focus on Faculty 

34 Grace College Has Accreditation Review 

bmh features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 
• Feature Article 4 • BMH News Notes 30 • 


You will find an important 
change in the Brethren Mission- 
ary l-lerald with this issue. We be- 
lieve it to be a very important 
one. Each l-lerald during this year 
will carry a Feature Article. It 
will be an in-depth look at an 
important issue in Christianity. 
The Feature Article in this issue 
is "Black America: A Grace 
Brethren Mission Field" by Gary 
Patterson. We believe this change, 
along with others to be an- 
nounced later, will make the 
Herald a "must" part or your 
reading each month.— C/?ar/es W. 
Turner, executive editor 

Cover photo: The Morgan Library-Learning 
Center on the Grace Schools campus, Winona 
Lake, Indiana. Taken by Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr. 


Dear Editor, 

/ read your article about church 
growth in the October Herald. / 
wanted to reply and share opinions 
from my own experience in the Fel- 
lowship of Grace Brethren Churches. 

I publicly declared my faith in 
Christ seven years ago at a Grace 
Brethren church in Ohio. I grew 
and served there with my husband 
(who declared his faith the same day) 
for two years before the Lord led us 
to help start a work in Alaska. We 
served there for three years and were 
then led to serve in starting another 
Brethren church in Alaska, where we 
have stayed for two years to date. As 
we have been a partofthesechurches, 
we have heard and learned much 
from others who have been involved 
in other Brethren churches through- 
out the country. Also, we have 
learned much from our various pastors 

(Continued on page 31) 




Blaek America: 

A Oraee Brethren 

by Gary C. Patterson 


As one approaches the end of Dr. Homer A. Kent, 
Sr.'s book, Conquering Frontiers, the excitement of 
the movement of the Brethren Church across the 
globe can hardly be suppressed. In a relatively short 
period of time (1939 to 1972), one observes the 
march of foreign missions on nine fields: Argentina, 
Africa, Brazil, Mexico, France, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, 
the Chad, Germany (Conquering Frontiers), and, 
now, England in 1982. Of particular note was the 
strategy to evangelize Mexico, wherein they agreed 
that because of governmental 
restrictions they would con- 
duct their approach from four 
points on the United States 
side of the border: San Ysidro 
and Calexico, California; and 
Laredo and El Paso, Texas. 
The aim of their mission to 
Mexico was to get into the 
interior as soon as possible 
(Conquering Frontiers). 

During the same period Brethren Home Missions was 
formed (September 3, 1938) and the march started in 
the United States as well, with missions in places like 
the mountains of Kentucky, New Mexico among 
Spanish Americans (1938), northern New Mexico and 
Arizona among Indians (1947), west Los Angeles 
among the Jews (1949), and many other churches 
were established which are in this country among pre- 
dominantly White America (Conquering Frontiers). 

. . . Matthew 28:19-20 has 
clearly commissioned us with 
a command to reach the world 

of which the 27.3 million 
Blacks are a part. 

This information was exciting to read as one watched 
God bless the efforts of His people for the cause of 
Christ. One Brethren had this to say about his burden 
for the mountains of Kentucky: "Here were full- 
fledged Americans living in the very heart of our 
country, and most of them had no contact with the 
Gospel (Conquering Frontiers). 

The writer of this study submits that this statement 
could very well fit the situation today in Black 
America. At the present time this Fellowship has a 
goal of establishing 52 new Grace Brethren churches 
by 1985. The basic question raised here Is in light of 
the fact that Black Americans represent 15 to 17 per- 
cent of this nation's population, for a total of more than 
27.3 million people (World News Digest with Index, 
"Facts on File"); should the 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches consider them a 
mission field? 

The basic purpose of this 
article is to present to the 
reader first of all why it is im- 
perative that we in the Fellow- 
ship of Grace Brethren Chur- 
ches must declare Black Amer- 
ica a mission. Secondly, some 
of the things to be considered cross-culturally and stra- 
tegically. And, lastly, a recommended plan of approach. 
The intent of this article is not to answer the ques- 
tion why we should go, for we have stated in the 
seventh point of our Statement of Faith that the 
churches purpose is for a "worldwide Gospel witness," 
and also Matthew 28: 19-20 has clearly commissioned 
us with a command to reach the world of which the 
27.3 million Blacks are a part (Conquering Frontiers). 

r JANUARY '84 


Gary and Jaci Patterson came 

to know the Lord while in the 

United States Army. Gary is a 

senior at Grace Theological 

Seminary with hopes of 

teaching in the future. Their 

burden is to see qualified 

pastors and teachers in Black 

America and across the world. 

Gary and Jaci have been 

members of the Warsaw 

Community Grace Brethren 

Church for the past three 


Mission Field 


One question always arises when speaking of start- 
ing new churches in Blacl< America and that is, "I 
thought there were already thousands of churches in 
Black America preaching the Gospel?" While the first 
part of this statement is true, the second part is high- 
ly debatable. The reason is that while there is a 
church on every corner, every minister in these 
churches does not preach the Gospel as we know it in 
fundamental circles. There may be all the outward 
trapping of worship but inside there is emptiness and 
voidness of faith. A Black Christian scientist said in 
reference to this problem, "Just as the believer of 
voodooism obsessed with his commitment to practice 
voodoo even after his conversion to Catholicism, so it 
is also with the Black American to traditionalism." 
The problem of traditionalism in the Black church 
accounts for the emptiness and voidness of the in- 
dividual members of the church. One may ask, "Well, 
what is 'traditionalism'?" Webster's says, "It is the 
handing down of information, beliefs, or customs 
orally from one generation to another" (Webster's New 
Practical School Dictionary). This is the correct ren- 
dering which is used of the word in the Black church, 
namely that the style of preaching, worship, emo- 
tionalism, rituals, and administration is handed down 
from generation to generation. This would be no 
problem if that which is handed down was positive 
in nature, but this is not the case as we shall see later. 
It is the opinion of this writer that tradition today in 
the Black church has paralyzed the spiritual growth of 
its members and acts as a road block for the funda- 
mental church. 

Traditionalism as defined in this paper is not con- 
fined to a particular denomination in the Black 

church, but rather it extends across all denominational 
lines in the Black church. The problems listed below, 
in the opinion of this writer, reflect 85 percent to 95 
percent of the total Black churches in America in one 
way or another. 

Lip Service to the Word 

Lip service in this context is to be understood as 
verbally saying that one is committed to something 
outwardly, but inwardly denying it by action and 
practice. A large number of Blacks in this country 
who attend church would say that the Bible is the 
very Word of God, but when asked if it is the rule and 
guide for every area of their life, they would say not. 
To see this in action, ask these church members if 
they read a portion of Scripture each day. The 
majority would say no, if truthful. Or just stand at 
the door of many churches and take note of the num- 
ber of Bibles carried into the sanctuary. Less than 
one-third of the people would have them. What does 
this say about the people? Did they come to hear a 
sermon or the Word of God? This may seem like the 
same question said differently but that is not so. The 
following is an explanation: the sermon is delivered 
by the man and he is seen as the authority of the 
material presented, thus no need for a Bible— just the 
man. On the other hand, when one comes to hear the 
Word of God, the man is not the authority but rather 
the text of Scripture. Therefore, the point being 
drawn here is that man receives the authority rather 
than God even though this all may be done subcon- 
sciously. The results of this allegiance to man rather 
than God results in their behavior when they are chal- 
lenged by an outsider on a point of Scripture that is 
clearly documented in Scripture, but does not repre- 
sent the pastor's opinion, the church will most likely 
(Continued on page 22) 



This attractive sign announces the location ^ 
of the AltaVista Grace Brethren Church. | 

by Robert Juday, Pastor 

Grace Brethren Church 

AltaVista, Virginia 

"And Enoch walked with God: 
and he was not for God tool< him" 
(Gen. 5:24). 

Browsing in a bookstore is a 
favorite hobby of many people. 
One of the most popular subjects 
concerns our health and how we 
can maintain it, especially through 
diet and exercise. Enoch found the 
"best exercise"— walking with God. 
That's the very thing we want to do 
here in Altavista! 

Walking with God, a Hebraism 
"walking with God" describing a 
godly life style, means we are to go 
in His direction. That means every- 
thing about our church must be 
honoring to Him: an attractive 
clean building, friendly people. 

Walking with God sf Altmta 

This building, once a nursery and landscaping business, is now the home of 
the AltaVista Grace Brethren Church. It is located on Rt. 29, north of town. 


clear gospel messages, and a sincere 
love for each other. All these factors 
are a part of the kind of image we 
desire to project to our community. 
The Lord has supplied us with a 
building that is God-honoring and 
free of charge during our first 
critical year. We have recently pur- 
chased that building with the help 
of Grace Brethren Home Missions 
and the Grace Brethren Investment 



An enthusiastic congregation greets the pastor on a Sunday morning. 

God's way is always the best and 
we've found that to be true. Our 
priority from the very beginning 
has been to honor God by leading 
souls to Christ and seeing lives 
changed through obedience to the 

Wall<ing with God also means 
proceeding at His pace. That is so 
important, especially in the "birth- 
ing" of a new church. It is so easy 
to run ahead or lag behind Him. We 
almost located our church in the 
AltaVista Senior Citizens Building, 
which would not have been God's 
best for us. After a time of waiting 
and meeting in a carport, God gave 
us our building and what a blessing 
it has been! 

Walking with God also means 
making progress. For the Juday 
family it began with a simple step— 
a visit to AltaVista, Virginia, from 
our home in Indiana. Then came a 
time of soul searching and another 
step in faith to move to the foot- 
hills of the beautiful Blue Ridge 
Mountains. That was the beginning 
of another Grace Brethren Church! 

There has never been a doubt 
concerning God's leading. God has 
worked marvelously, above and be- 
yond what we could ever hope or 
think. First came the building, then 
along came special, capable leaders. 
We prayed for Sunday school teach- 
ers and God sent them. We prayed 

for youth workers and God abun- 
dantly supplied. We prayed for 
someone to work in music and He 
sent us a talented young man! We 
still have a number of needs, but we 
have learned that God does answer 
our prayers. How can we doubt 
that God will bless and supply all 
our needs? 

The walk with God continues 
with a series of successive steps. 
There is more than that first simple 
one. We have seen: the formal or- 
ganizing of the church in IVIarch of 
1983, the assuming of the responsi- 
bility of one-third of the pastor's 
support, the extra financial burden 
of owning a building, and taking on 

a radio ministry. 

There are more steps of faith to 
come. Several of them are: a van to 
bring people from the Lynchburg, 
Virginia, area; and extra finances to 
make improvements on our build- 
ing. We are looking forward with 
great joy and anticipation to see 
where God will take us. 

Walking with God is also an inti- 
mate fellowship. God shares His life 
with us and He allows us to share 
ours with Him. He has also given us 
the privilege of sharing our lives 
with others. Our people share our 
joys, our happiness and our love 
with one another, along with our 
frustrations, troubles and disap- 
pointments. And do you know 
what? We are growing together; 
building one another up in faith. 

Walking with God also implies 
arriving one day at a destination. 
Our goal is that our little part of 
His bride (church) might become 
spotless and without wrinkle. We 
want to hear Jesus say, "Well done, 
my children at the Altavista Grace 
Brethren Church. You have been 
faithful in the task I gave you to 

I can't think of another place I 
would rather be! God has been 
blessing us because we have been 
obedient to Him. We want to be 
used. We are vessels for His service. ■ 

Pastor Bob Juday, his wife, Brenda, and daughter Amy and son, Kent. Two other 
daughters. Dawn and Sherri, were not present when the picture was taken. 






Joanne Smith, Norria Trujillo, Daron Butler and Linda 
Wedertz are all former students at Brethren Navajo Mission 
School. Linda, a junior, is the daughter of Superintendent and 
Mrs. Larry Wedertz and attended the school through eighth 

by Mary Thompson 

"Joanne says she gets hungry for 
Navajo food. We're going to send her 
some pinions and jerl<y and . . . ." 
The John Smith family in New 
Mexico had just phoned their 
daughter at Grace College where 
Joanne and two other graduates of 
Brethren Navajo Mission High 
School are enrolled this year. 

The drive from Counselor, New 
Mexico; to Winona Lake, Indiana, 
takes only a little over thirty hours, 
but culturally the distance can be a 
long way. 

Joanne Smith, a freshman, has 
lived most of her life at Kimbeto, a 
small Navajo settlement thirty-six 
miles from Farmington. As she 
grew up she took her turn caring 
for the sheep, and since she was the 
only girl in a family with seven 
boys, she always helped her mother 
around the house. 

At the age of seven, Joanne 
started to BNM School. She and her 
brothers lived too far from the Mis- 
sion to go home every night, but on 

Fridays, after work, their father 
would come and pick them up for 
the weekend. 

Now it's different. Joanne is 
gone from September until May 
with a happy month at home dur- 
ing the December-January break. 

Norria Trujillo is the daughter of 
Pastor and Mrs. John Trujillo and 
granddaughter of Lee Trujillo, the 
first Grace Brethren Navajo pastor. 
Norria graduated in the same class 
with Joanne, but she is a sopho- 
more at Grace this year. When she 
was small her family lived at the 
Brethren Navajo Mission and she 
was able to attend school at home. 
Then her family moved near Tuba 
City, Arizona, where her father pas- 
tors the Red Lake Community 
Grace Brethren Church. 

Jorria has two brothers and 
three sisters. Her parents miss their 
daughter, but when her father first 
heard that Norria had been accepted 
as a student at Grace College, 
he exclaimed, "I was ^ 

hoping she would m^I^^ 

be able to go 

to that school!" 

Daron Butler, a freshman, is the 
son of Pastor and Mrs. Tully Butler 
of the Cedar Hill Grace Brethren 
Church in New Mexico. Daron's 
mother, the former Mary Sala, was 
a student at BNM School when she 
was a girl. During Daron's elemen- 
tary years, the Butlers lived at 
Brigham City, Utah, and he entered 
BNM School as a sophomore the 
first year the high school began. His 
brother and two sisters attend the 
school this year. He also has a little 
sister at home. 

Daron's enrollment at Grace not 
only left an empty place at home, 
but also there is a gap at the Cedar 
Hill Church where he accompanied 
the singing with his guitar 
and taught a Sunday 
school class. 

the back 


Pictured, left to right, are: IVlrs. John (Delia) Smith (Joanne's mother), John Trujillo (Norria's 
father). Pastor and Mrs. Tully (Mary) Butler (Daron's parents), Joanne, Daron and Norria. 

grounds of these three young 
people are varied, they have a lot in 
connnnon. All three are enthusiastic 
Christians and they all have Chris- 
tian parents who want their chil- 
dren to follow the Lord. And all are 
benefiting from generous scholar- 
ships from the Navajo Tribe. 

Although it's not easy to leave 
the wide-open spaces of the 
Southwest and the 
familiar life of 
their Navajo 

families— Joanne, Norria and Daron 
are enthusiastic about their experi- 
ences at Grace. 

Proposed multipurpose building 

Navajo Building Report 

Construction of the new multipurpose building at the Grace Brethren Navajo 
lission. Counselor, New IVIexico, is scheduled to begin in May, pending the receipt 
of nearly $125,000, according to Dr. Lester E. Pifer, executive secretary of the Grace 
Brethren Home Missions Council, the mother organization of the Mission. 
The building is slated to be completed by the end of the summer, with a Thanksgiving week dedi- 
cation planned by Superintendent Larry Wedertz. 
Projected cost of the building is $175,000, but nearly 90 percent of the funds must be in hand before con- 
struction can begin. 

The 80- by 120-foot steel frame and cement block structure will include a large gymnasium area with 
bleacher seating, locker rooms, restroom facilities and a storage area. It will be used by the mission school in in- 
terscholastic competition, physical education classes, and indoor recreation. It will also be a vital part of the 
church planting ministry by providing facilities for special meetings and community outreach. 





by Dr. Lester E. Pifer 

Executive Secretary 
Grace Brethren Home Missions Council 

The church occupies a very important part 
of New Testament theology. Jesus declared in 
Matthew 16:18, "I will build my church . . . ." 
It is a vital part of the eternal purpose of 
Christ on earth (Eph. 3:10-11). Its impor- 
tance is amplified as the Holy Spirit takes resi- 
dence upon the earth to bring the church into 
existence and to guide its ministry as recorded 
in the Acts of the Apostles. 

A major portion of New Testament truth 
involves the church, its ministry and its future. 
It is clearly designated that the church plays a 
major role in God's program of evangelism 
and discipleship as commanded in the Great 
Commission (Matt. 28:18-20) by our Lord. 
The early church responded accordingly as 
recorded in the Book of Acts. 

The church has a unique function in pro- 
viding instruction, fellowship and service for 
the Christian believer. It also becomes the 
vehicle for the dissemination of the truth to 
an unbelieving world. Careful guidelines have 
been laid down in the Scripture for the estab- 
lishment, organization and operation of this 
organism. In Grace Brethren Home Missions, 
we carefully and prayerfully follow these 
biblical directives in the development of local 
churches. One could easily forfeit God's bless- 
ing by ignoring or disobeying these guidelines. 

The Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 
has historically tried to be honest and bold 
about its reasons for its existence, doctrinal 

stance and outreach programs. We are a Fel- 
lowship of Grace Brethren Churches founded 
upon the Word of God. 

Our Fellowship has grown and been blessed 
for its biblical integrity, its proclamations of 
the Word of God and its missionary outreach. 
We stand firmly upon the inspired Word and 
follow its truth literally. Our missionary pro- 
grams at home and abroad reflect practically 
the Bible, the whole Bible and nothing but 
the Bible as a basis for our Christian faith. 
Our guidelines for membership and fellowship 
center in a biblical Brethren Statement of 

The Grace Brethren Home Missions Council 
keenly feels its responsibility as we deal with 
the fundamentals of church planting. The 
foundation and development of sound biblical 
Grace Brethren Churches was a mandate given 
to us by the Fellowship in the formative years 
of this organization. We have tried to follow 
these directives as clearly and accurately as 
possible through the years of our history. The 
development of more than two hundred 
churches gives evidence to these facts. We 
desire to see loyal, active Bible-believing 
Grace Brethren churches that will be Christ- 
centered, Bible-teaching, soul-winning, and 

Recently, our Fellowship changed its name 
to the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. 
Dropping the name "National," we were ad- 
mitting we had grown into an international 
Fellowship. There are GBCs and a larger mem- 
bership abroad than in our homeland. A great 
amount of credit and thanksgiving belongs to 




the Grace Brethren Foreign Missionary 
Society and its faithful corps of missionaries. 
This outstanding growth abroad bears abun- 
dant evidence of our evangelism and mission- 
ary spirit. It must not be overlooked that a 
strong home base of supporting missionary- 
minded churches augmented that expansion. 
Those churches, with the help of our educa- 
tional institutions, produce personnel, prayer 
and perennial offerings. 

The strong teaching of the grace of God 
from the Word is characteristic of Grace 
Brethren ministers everywhere. We believe 
salvation comes purely by God's sovereign 
grace and not by works. This emphasis has be- 
come so prominent that most of our newer 
churches have been named Grace Brethren. 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer 

To more closely align ourselves with the 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, the 
Brethren Home Missions Council and the 
Brethren Investment Foundation have taken 
corporate action to add the name of "Grace" 
to each organization. 

The Board of Directors has also requested 
that all new churches under contract use the 
Grace Brethren name in its title. This will 
automatically continue to expand the Fellow- 
ship of Grace Brethren Churches, clearly dis- 
tinguish our churches from other Brethren 
groups, and honestly delineate what we are. 

Grace Brethren churches and our associated 
ministries are becoming more widely known 
and respected at home and abroad. Our goal 
and desire is to use all our resources, expertise 
and gifts to expand our Fellowship in its evan- 
gelization of a world which desperately needs 
Christ. It is our joy to work unitedly with our 
Lord in the building of His church. ■ 


I^e^irs Update 

Canal Fulton Work Closed 

The support of the Grace Brethren Chapel 
at Canal Fulton, Ohio, has been terminated by 
the Grace Brethren Home Missions Council, ac- 
cording to Dr. Lester E. Pifer, executive secre- 
tary. The action became effective on January 1. 

He cited declining attendances over a 
lengthy period of time as the major factor in 
the decision. 

The Northeast Ohio District Mission board 
announced termination of its support at the 
same time. 

Kevin Eady has been pastoring the work 
since early 1983. He is presently seeking an- 
other ministry. 

Two Couples Join Home Missions Team 

Two couples have joined the home missions 
team recently. 

Jay and Beth Fretz have begun ministering 
at the Grace Brethren Church in Sebring, Flori- 
da. Coming from Kokomo, Indiana, where Jay 
pastored the North Kokomo Grace Brethren 
Church, the couple has two children— Rachel, 
six; and Joshua, four. 

Myron and Bobbie Sue Yutzy are the new 
dorm parents at the Grace Brethren Navajo 
Mission, Counselor, New Mexico. They are 
members of the Grace Brethren Church of 
Greater Columbus, Ohio, and will be assisting 
the Mission staff in other areas, as well. 

Construction Continues at Hemet 

There is excitement in the air as the new 
Grace Brethren Church at Hemet, California, 
goes up. Construction began on their 4,000 
square foot addition in June. 

"We are at least a third of the way into the 
building," reported Pastor Sheldon Perrine dur- 
ing a phone interview in mid-November. "We've 
got the sidewalls and the trusses up. The sewer 
line and electrical lines are all in. We're just pre- 
paring to put the roof on." 

The project includes a 225-seat sanctuary, a 
nursery, pastor's study and restrooms, as well as 
extensive remodeling of the existing structure. 
Target date for completion is Easter Sunday, 
April 22, 1984. Pastor Perrine plans to hold a 
dedication service the following week. 

The construction has infected the young 
congregation with enthusiasm. A recent Sunday 
offering totaled more than $1,900, a record in 
giving for the year, according to the pastor. 

In addition, groups of workers from around 
Southern California have pitched in to help 
with the construction. (The building is being 

(Continued on page 13) 




Helen and Henry Rempel 

The Rempels — 

Slowing the Pace of Retirement 

by Liz Cutler 

Promotional Secretary 

Henry Rempel remembers the 
day he was approached to be a 
representative for the Grace Breth- 
ren Missions Stewardship Service. 

"I almost fell off the chair," he 
says. Dr. Lester E. Pifer, executive 
secretary of the Grace Brethren 
Home Missions Council in Winona 
Lake, Indiana, called Henry's Cali- 
fornia office and offered him the 

"He said, 'You pray about it. I'll 
be out there in about seven days 
and I'll be over to talk to you,'" 
Henry recalls. 

That was in 1978 and it began a 
successful relationship that ended 
in December. After traveling an 
estimated 40,000 miles and raising 
hundreds of thousands of dollars 
for both Home and Foreign Mis- 
sions, he and his wife, Helen, are 
retiring but not without a few re- 

"I will be 80 next March," the 
sprite little man remarks. "I had 
hoped I could go that long." 

Based at their Seal Beach, Cali- 
fornia, apartment, the couple has 
traveled throughout the Fellowship 
of Grace Brethren Churches, coun- 

seling hundreds of individuals on 
deferred giving to missions. 

"Several years we went clean 
across the country to work in the 
East," he adds. "We usually closed 
down by Thanksgiving and went 
back to California to get out of the 

Prior to working with the Stew- 
ardship Service, which is a joint ef- 
fort of Grace Brethren Home and 
Foreign Missons, the Rempels 
traveled for the Board of Evan- 

"I felt I could serve the Fellow- 
ship in this manner," he says of his 
most recent work. "It's been a real 

A Grace Brethren pastor for 
many years, his favorite part of the 
work has been the preaching and 
the meeting people. Often, while he 
ministered in a worship service, 
Helen, a retired elementary school- 
teacher, would work with the chil- 
dren, teaching them basic principles 
of stewardship. 

"When you are in a church for a 
week, you feel like you really know 
the people," she notes. "Some of 
them are as dear to you as your 
own church family. They are such 
wonderful people." 

There have been many memora- 
ble moments in the ministry. 

"It was very exciting one Sun- 

day evening when a man came at 
the door and said, 'We want to give 
you a farm,'" recalls Henry. 'The 
next morning they drove up in their 
nice new Cadillac, and we sat for 
three hours and discussed it. Twice, 
I excused myself and ran around 
the corner and called Larry 
(Chamberlain, administrative co- 
ordinator at Home Missions) for 
what to do next!" he admits. 

"If I had known what all was in- 
volved, I might have declined," he 
now notes of Dr. Pifer's original 
offer. "I haven't begun to master it 
all, but the Lord blessed and we 
have had some success." In at least 
three situations alone, he has been 
responsible for raising a total of 
more than $400,000 for Home Mis- 
sions and at least that much for 
Foreign Missions, in addition to the 
signing of annuities and commit- 
ments for bequests in wills. 

He credits the Lord for his ener- 
getic outlook on life. "I got a late 
start in life," he adds. "I was 36 
when I finished seminary. Some 
people say that's when half your 
life is gone," he notes. "That's 
when I began." 

His enthusiasm bubbles over into 
all facets of his life. Says Helen, 
whom he married 14 years ago, "I 
run to keep up. I don't want to be 
left behind." ■ 




GBHMC Update (Continued from page 1 1) 

done by nearly all volunteer labor.) One Satur- 
day, a group of men from Simi Valley, Cali- 
fornia, along with several Hemet men com- 
pleted the framing. Another group from Cherry 
Valley, California, has also helped. Assistance 
from other volunteer groups is also anticipated, 
the pastor said. 

The Hemet congregation has been meeting in 
the remodeled house for most of their history. 
Grace Brethren Building IVIinistries, Winona 
Lake, Indiana, designed the new/ addition. The 
church is located at 26121 South Hemet 

Home Mission Work Leaves Fellowship 

The Grace Brethren Home Missions Council 
has received word that the Grace Brethren work 
at Monroe, New York, known as the Grace 
Community Church, has voted to withdraw 
from the Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches. The church had recently been 
adopted as a point by the Council and the 
North Atlantic District. 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer, executive secretary of 
the GBHMC, expressed regret. "We put forth an 
honest effort to help and guide this work," he 

"It's unfortunate," added Rev. Luke 
Kauffman, president of the GBHMC and the 
North Atlantic District Mission board. "We 
have left the door open to restore fellowship 
with the Grace Brethren Home Missions 
Council, the North Atlantic District Mission 
board, the North Atlantic Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches, and the vast sea of Brethren 
called the Fellowship of Grace Brethren 

The Monroe work held its first worship serv- 
ice on February 13, 1983, and was accepted as 
a national home mission point in March, 1983. 

Resource Packets Available 

Three new resource packets are now avail- 
able from the Grace Brethren Home Missions 
Council, according to Liz Cutler, promotional 

The packets feature the Home Missions 
church planting ministry, the Grace Brethren 
Navajo Mission and School, and the Grace 
Brethren Messianic Testimony. They can also 
be tailored to highlight a specific church or 

Included in the material is biographical in- 
formation about each missionary or pastor, a 
history of the work, craft ideas, and refresh- 
ment suggestions. The information can be 
adapted for use with any age or type of group. 

There is no charge for the above items. For 
additional information, or to reserve any of the 
materials, contact Liz Cutler at Grace Brethren 
Home Missions, P. O. Box 587, Winona Lake, 
Indiana 46590. ■ 

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These people were regular attenders when the Stuttgart group first began. 

Most Herald readers have 
some knowledge of the work 
that God is doing in Stuttgart, 
West Germany. Many are 
praying that God will continue 
the work that He has begun 
there and soon this congre- 
gation will reach maturity. 
That is, that it will become a 

self-governing, self-supporting 
body of believers that will 
seek to reproduce itself in 
other parts of Germany. How 
did the work start, and where 
has the progress been made? 
In April of 1972, services 
were started for a group which 
was later to adopt the name, 

"Biblical Missions Church of 
Stuttgart." The beginnings 
were very small, with a few 
people often attending irregu- 
larly. However, by early 1974, 
around 15 people, mostly 
elderly, were in regular atten- 
dance at Sunday worship 
services and midweek Bible 
studies. God began blessing 
the ministry of Roger and 
Nancy Peugh and through the 
follow up of an evangelistic 
crusade, a larger number of 
people were contacted, and by 
the summer of 1974, over 50 
were regularly attending. 

During that summer, a team 
of four young people, led by 
Roger and Susan Saurer, came 
for a summer of ministry 
under the T.I.M.E. program. 
Not only was the summer a 
significant one in the life of 
the congregation, but Dan 




^njo/tmatton ai a Qfence 

Size of Stuttgart: 600,000 people 

Missionaries at Work: 

Edna Haak 

John and Becky Pappas 
Roger and Nancy Peugh 

Date Work Began: April 1972 

Pressing Prayer Requests: 

People to commit themselves 
as members of the church. 

Men needed to take over the 

An aerial view of Stuttgart. 

Ramsey, a member of that 
team, made the decision to 
prepare for full-time ministry 
in Germany. He returned to 
Germany with his wife, Denise, 
for language school in August 
of 1982. 

Growth in attendance con- 
tinued so that by 1976, after 
new facilities were found, 
there were often over 90 
people attending the worship 

Dr. and Mrs. Bernard 
Schneider then arrived for a 
six-month period, to fill in 
while the Peughs took a short 
furlough. Many still speak of 
that summer as a very rich 
time in the life of the congre- 
gation as well as in their 
spiritual growth, and quotes of 
the godly wisdom of Dr. 
Schneider are still heard in 
conversations by people who 

learned to know and love him 
that summer. 

The T.I.M.E. ministry 
further assisted in the growth 
and outreach of the congre- 
gation by sending Mr. Robert 
Harrellfrom 1975-1977. He 
mastered the German language 
and participated primarily in 
youth and children's ministries 
during his stay. 

In the fall of 1977, John 
and Becky Pappas became the 
first full-time missionary 
couple to join the Peughs in 
the Grace Brethren work in 
Germany, as they entered 
language school. After a year, 
they were able to join the 
ministry in Stuttgart, and soon 
John became responsible for 
the newly formed ministry of 
the Bible Institute at the local 
level as well as for the teaching 
of home Bible studies and 

ministering with the youth of 
the congregation. 

In August of 1979, the 
team grew as Edna Haak and 
Dave and Kathy Manduka 
arrived. After the year of 
language school, Edna 
remained with the Peughs and 
Pappases in the Stuttgart 
congregation for the disciple- 
ship of women and girls. (Dave 
and Kathy moved to Leonberg 
to start contact-making for a 
new church-planting ministry 
there (see Herald, June 1983, 
article. Spotlight on Europe, 
Leonberg, West Germany.) 

In mid-1980, certain long- 
standing tensions which had 
been present in the Stuttgart 
congregation came to a climax, 
and there was a very painful 
rupture in the group as about 
one-third of those attending 

(Continued on page 16) 



The young people of 
the church are 
reaching out to 
other youth in the 
city with their 
Tearoom IVIinistry, 

EMI participant Karen Lentz 

(right) chats with a member 

of the Stuttgart youth group. 

(Continued from page 15) 

left to become part of other 
churches and fellowships in 
the area. The outward tensions 
related to the establishnnent of 
a New Testament local church 
with believers' baptism as well 
as the introduction of the 
threefold communion service. 
A period of reorientation 
followed and then came a time 
of healing and of new expecta- 
tions for the congregation. 

The year 1983 was a year of 
breakthrough. The youth 
started a Tea Room ministry 
to gain contact with unsaved 
youth. They have the oppor- 
tunity for the exciting sharing 
of biblical Christianity with 
their own friends. 

God has been at work in 
Stuttgart. People have seen 
their need of a Saviour, re- 
ceived Christ, and have been 
baptized. Satan has also been 
at work, making it difficult for 

the German believers to under- 
stand the need for total com- 
mitment to the local church, 
which would mean withdraw- 
ing from the state/church 
organization. Because of this 
situation, men are not growing 
into spiritual leadership 

The missions team is 
praying that local leadership 

will be raised up to care for 
the total oversight of the con- 
gregation and auxiliary 
ministries in the next several 
years. Pray that men will take 
their ranks in leadership and 
full support of this ministry as 
their church home and that 
the Lord will continue to 
build His church in Stuttgart 
for His honor and glory alone. i 





Many people are praying for a spiritual revivd and 
awakening in Europe. 

Dave and Cindy Kowaike (Solihull, England)— One year 
ago at this time, we were asking God to use our lives 
and bring those people to us that not only needed to 
come to know Him, but also those who would, 
together with the Phil Steele family and ours, have 
a vision to see the first Grace Brethren church in 
England planted and taking firm root. 

God has answered our prayers and we have begun 
to see real fruit. We have had a number of contacts. 
One has led to another, and by February of 1983, we 
had seen two men and one woman come to know the 
Lord. God also gave us a group of people who were 
in need of growing in His Word, and so in February 
we began Grace Bible Fellowship. This evening of 
Bible study has ultimately been used in beginning 
worship services. 

That very same group that God has entrusted to 
our care has grown so much over the months. As of 
October 2, we have begun worship services and have 
been encouraged by the excitement of the people 
who have been open to us in asking God and us to use 
them to establish His work. 

Many French young people are being reached through bike trips and retreats. 


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Roy and Ruth Snyder {C.A.R)-We had 
plans to return to Africa in August after 
national conference. However, God's plan 
Is not always the same as man's plans. On 
May 26, Roy awoke with a throbbing 
pain down his left arm. We went to the 
emergency ward of the nearest hospital 
and found out that he had a heart attack. 
Sixteen days were spent in the hospital 
there. Early in July, we were sdile to 
travel to Winona Lake, Indiana, for 
further recuperation. In August a 
catheterization test was performed to 
determine the amount of heart damage. 
It was a major coronary. The result was 
that we could not return to Africa at 
that time. Thank you for your prayer 
support during these difficult days. We 
are trusting the Lord to work out His 


1 our lives for His glory. 


About 40 percent of the 
population in the Chad and 
the C.A.R. are Muslims who 
need to hear the truth of 
God's Word. 

The Brethren Biblical Seminary opened i 
dents are earnestly studying God's Word. 

the C.A.R and i 

Evelyn Tschetter (Yaloke, C.A.R. )- 
I praise the Lord for the good 
school year at the James Gribble 
High School, in spite of the shortage 
in staff. Carol Mensinger stated 
that we had the fewest behavior 
problems of any year since she 
arrived. Thanks for praying for the 
students and for strength for the 
professors in their heavy teaching 

The highlight of school for me 
was High School Youth Sunday at 

the church. Our students did almost 
everything in both the French and 
Sango services, including the 
messages. They also acted as 
deacons and deaconesses, who, in 
our African services, are in charge of 
seating the people, keeping order, 
and taking the offering. The two 
young preachers did an excellent 
job. Pray for them— Banga Boniface 
and Kainodjo Jeremie, that if the 
Lord calls them to be pastors, they 
will be willing. 


Les and Ruth Vnasdale (Beta, C.A.R.j-The situation in the Chad 
is not good at all. There has been much looting, burning and 
killing in the area of the country in which our mission has worked 
in the past. Missionaries with other mission societies who are 
working in the Chad are virtual prisoners on their stations because 
traveling is so dangerous. Please pray with us for peace and 
stability in the Chad and for protection and provision for the 
Chadian believers. 






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Norm and Cleo Johnson (Brasilia, 
Brazil)- Testings in our own lives 
have enabled us to become closer to 
neighboring families. One of these 
neighbors, Dr. Rui and Rosario, 
invited our son Joe to spend a day 
with their boys on their small farm. 
Because Joe wouldn 't be able to get 
back for the Saturday evening 
group Bible study. I told them he 
wouldn 't be able to go this time. 
The next day we learned that their 
boys had tried to light a charcoal 
grill and the kerosene had exploded 
catching the younger boy 's clothing 
on fire. Pedro, his nine-year-old 
brother, acted wisely, rolling him in 
the dirt. Unfortunately , little six- 
year-old Gabriel received first and 
second degree burns on the chest, 
neck, arms, lower face, and ears. 
To make a long story short, he was 
given what I considered wrong 
medical attention in a nearby 
hospital. I approached the father 
concerning what I felt and offered 
my services to go with them to a 

special burn center in Goiania. 
Results? This probably saved the 
boy 's life since a small infection 
had already started. Plus, the event 
has led to opportunities to share 
my faith with the family. 

On another day, our other 
neighbor. Mario and Maria Jose, 
were screaming for help in the 

street. Lidia Maria, their little 
three-year-old daughter, was going 
into convulsions due to a high 
fever. We raced them to the hospital 
where little Lidia remained on a 
respirator the rest of the evening. 
Result? Lidia is fine and a seemingly 
closed family has started to open 
their lives to us. 


njssionaries in Argentina are centered around Buenos Aires, 
city with over 9 million inhabitants. 


An evangelistic liome Bible 
study has been started in 
San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

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Luke Jonathan, born on January 10, 1983, to Bob and Denise Skeen 
Christopher Jeffrey, born February 2, 1983, to appointees Buzz and 

Debbie Inboden 
Stefanie Susan, born February 6, 1983, to John and Becky Pappas 
Raymond (Big Ray), born March 14, 1983, to appointees Clay and K 

Evelyn Doris, born March 28, 1983, to Dan and Grace Pettman 

Michael Joachim, born May 18, 1983, to Warner and Nelly Kammier 

Sean William, born July 8, 1983, to Dr. Dave and Karen Daugherty 

Jonathan Edward, born July 10, 1983, to appointees Ed and Susan Miller 

Kristina Nicole, born July 27, 1983, to Dan and Denise Ramsey 

Erica Lynn, born July 28, 1983, to Dave and Cindy Kowaike 

Stephanie Marie, born AugOst 11, 1983, to Chris and Carolyn Nord 

Karen Cristina (Cristi), born October 1 1, 1983, to Tom and Suzy Sharp 

Aaron Daniel, born October 12, 1983, to Dan and Nancy Green 


Jack Churchill and Rosa Montelongo were married 
on August 20, 1983. Jack and Rosa are ministering 
together in the Mexico border area. Rosa's native 
language is Spanish, and she has been gr-eatly involved 
in the women's ministry in Mexico. We wish them 
much happiness as they serve the Lord together in 

Tom and Suzy Sharp (Mexico City)— This past year 
has been one of new beginnings. We have seen many 
good changes in the work and many new beginnings in 
the lives of the Mexican people. We have seen the 
beginnings of a church in a new area with the start of 
a Bible study in an area of Mexico City called Apatlaco. 
In this neighborhood we have found many people in 
need of a new start In life. This new start in life can 
only be found in Christ. 

One such man, Carlos Meridoza, is now enjoying 
the results of such a changed life. After 23 years of 
being an alcoholic, he accepted Christ as his personal 
Saviour. He has given up drinking, gone to work, and 
is being a testimony to all his friends who have seen 
this drastic change in his life. 

... but the son of the Daughertys. His 
mom is talking to Marion Forrest be- 
fore she departs for France. 

Our group meeting in Solihull, Eng- 
land (except for Phil and Elinor Steele). 

Continue to pray for the work in 
Mexico City. We are anxiously 
awaiting to see how the Lord 
develops the work in Apatlaco. 

BLACK AME RICA (Continued from page 5) 

believe the pastor rather than a clear point from 
Scripture. One other test to ask a member in a tradi- 
tional church after they tell you that the pastor 
preached a great sermon is, "What was his text and 
what did you learn?" In most cases they will be able 
to repeat a story or two but not the text of Scripture 
or its meaning. Now, let us take a minute and think 
this through. If the Word of God is all that it claims 
to be, namely: 

(1) Living, active, sharp, and a discerner of the 
innermost being of a person (Heb. 4:12) 

(2) The power of God (Rom. 1 : 16) 

(3) Like fire to a believer (Jer. 23:29) 

(4) Like a hammer (Jer. 23:29) 

(5) Like a seed (1 Peter 1:23) 

and the church member is not reading, hearing or 
meditating on it, how can he mature in Christ, arm 
himself with the armor of God for war with Satan, or 
just simply discover God's will for his/her life? This is 
the basic problem, not only in the Black church but 
any church which does not preach what thus says the 
Lord. As a result of doctrinal weakness, the tradi- 
tional Black church ends up with this combination on 
the five issues above: 

(1) The Word of God cannot be the critic of 
the soul (no conviction of sin) 

(2) The power for victorious living is absent 

(3) It is like an emotional fire to the believer's 
emotions— no substance to his soul 

(4) The emotions are like a hammer to the per- 
son but the Word is not the hammer itself 

(5) Produces unnourished seeds of which most 

This last point can be seen by all those in the Black 
community who say I belong to such and such church 
but never attend. These principles are universal in 
scope and not just confined to Black America, never- 
theless Black traditional America needs to wake up 
and place emphasis on what God said rather than man 
and then do it (Matt. 28:20). 

Discipleship Is Weak to Nonexistent 

In many cases when a new person is asked to come 
forth and join tiie cliurch (assuming first of all there 
is salvation) he/she may then 
be put in some type of new 
members' class for a few 
weeks. However, in most 
cases this new members' class 
does not teach the new mem- 
ber to pray, study the Word, 
give to the church, nor grow 
in Christ to maturity. In most 
cases this new member estab- 
lishes Sunday at 1 1:00 a.m. as 

his sacred hour of the week. Most often Sunday 
schools are poorly attended with maybe 10 to 15 per- 
cent of the (active) membership attending. Because 
there is no discipleship nor encouragement to inde- 
pendently study the Word, the new member soon 
accepts the tradition as the norm and business is car- 
ried on as usual, and no role model is ever developed 

'Traditionalism' is the handing 

down of information, beliefs, 

or customs orally from one 

generation to another. 

to show the difference. This is why, when you talk 
to people on the street in Black America, a common 
response is, "If being a Christian is like the hypocrites 
down the street, then I don't want to be one." What 
Black America needs is born-again Christians, nour- 
ished in the Word of God and walking in that light to 
which they have obtained, to be an example of what 
a Christian who has been discipled is like. Then may- 
be others will see the Christlike character and follow. 
Leadership Is Lacking 

The example of the clergy in the Black church has 
not had the best reputation in the Black community 
in years past. Often they have been noted for Cadil- 
lacs, Stacy Adam shoes, and money to spend. Yet this 
is how many of the people want their pastors. This 
situation is not improved upon by pastors who allow 
thirteen-, fourteen-, and fifteen-year-old boys to 
preach and to become recognized as called into the 
ministry. Clearly 1 Timothy 3:1-7 has something to 
say about this, but one can hear the answer now: 
"Who can say what God will and won't do?" The 
monster that raises its head here is that the Word of 
God is not the sole basis of authority but rather His 
present divine intervention. This can also be seen as 
we see more and more women preachers in the Black 
community regardless of what God says about 
women in the sanctuary, after all that was cultural— 
remember? The last statement shows the liberalism 
that is invading the leadership of the Black church. 
Preaching Is Traditional 

From years past it has been the custom for Black 
preachers to use a method of preaching called "Hoop- 
ing." This method is catergorized by an introduction 
to a text then it is expanded for five to fifteen 
minutes and then the preacher slowly elevates his 
voice, becomes excited, has extensive body move- 
ment and begins to hum or sing a story of rhymes and 
shouts truths about God, Christ, and other biblical 
characters, and so forth. This excitement is accom- 
panied by the extreme excitement of the crowd, and 
is the zenith of their weekly worship service. While 
there is much excitement and involvement emotional- 
ly on behalf of the people, very little is learned and 
maintained after the service 
(not even the emotion). This 
describes the traditional style 
of preaching practiced today. 
Besides the emotional aspect 
of this preaching there are 
hermeneutical considerations 
at stake. Walter Kaiser, Jr., 
speaks of a negative style of 
preaching that he calls "Motto 
Preaching." He defines it as: 
A third form of prophetic preaching we 
would call "prophetic motto preaching." In a 
most delightful way, Hanop pictures how a con- 
servative preacher might handle 1 Kings 21:7: 
"I (Jezebel) will give you the vineyard of 
Naboth the Jezreelite." This is the only verse 
from this context which the preacher uses. It 




serves as a motto and a springboard for a 
dozen or more texts from the Old and New 
Testaments aimed at women's liberation. {To- 
ward an Exegetical Theology). 
Kaiser then evaluates this style of preaching: 

Motto preaching may please the masses in 
that it is filled with a lot of epigrammatic or 
proverbial slogans and interesting anecdotes, 
but it will always be a powerless word lacking 
the authority and validation of Scripture. It 
cannot compare with the full and honest procla- 
mation of God's Word, for that kind of procla- 
mation is attended by the confirming and con- 
vincing world of the Holy Spirit to the truthful- 
ness of the Scripture (Toward an Exegetical 
Kaiser is right in his assessment of this style of 
preaching in that these proverbial slogans and inter- 
esting anecdotes cannot accomplish the confirming 
and convincing work of the Holy Spirit that needs to 
be done on a daily basis in the life of a believer. 

Pastors Are Untrained 

Pastors in Black America today have on the 
average of 0-2 years of college which is accomplished 
in secular institutions. One 
may ask then, where do they 
learn what they do? The 
answer to this question is by 
a method called follow the 
leader. This game calls 
for one very observant stu- 
dent, a good hooping voice 
and an ability to squall 
for a long period of time. 

While the writer is being a little sarcastic, there is 
some truth to this. Let us say a thirteen-year-old boy 
sits in a church for five years watching a particular 
pastor hoop, by the time he is eighteen he has memo- 
rized or perhaps while joking around, rehearsed the 
style many times. Therefore when this boy surfaces 
this alleged "call" to the ministry, he is given an im- 
mediate trial sermon of which he passes. How could 
this boy fail if he did exactly what the pastor did? 
In many of these trial sermons the content is not im- 
portant but the style and the amount of excitement 
generated in the crowd (for sure if 100 amens are 
given— he passed). 

However, one needs to be careful here because 
part of the burden here lies on the fundamental evan- 
gelical Bible-believing community. For many years a 
Black minister could not attend the fundamental 
schools in this country, and so many good men went 
to liberal schools because of acceptance. Martin 
Luther King records in his biography how he tried to 
attend several fundamental seminaries and was denied 
entrance because he was Black. This trend has not im- 
proved much over the years in places like Dallas, 
Grace, and Conservative Baptists. The reason for this 
statement is because of the fact that if Blacks repre- 
send 15 percent to 17 percent of our nation's popula- 

Tradition will not save the 

family, only the Word of God 

can through the convicting 

work of the Holy Spirit. 

tion then a place like Grace Theological Seminary 
should have sixty to seventy Black students enrolled 
at any one time. This does not necessarily reflect 
presently any fault on the schools listed but rather on 
a racial and economic cause from the past. One 
should be aware of this and march on. What Black 
America needs is seminary-trained Black men to 
pastor churches and disciple men for multiplication. 
This is what needs to be done by fundamental Black 
men to correct the misproportion in conservative 
schools across America. 

Discipline Is Laclcing 

It is not at all uncommon to find homosexuals, 
masons, shriners and the like in the traditional local 
church. This laxity is caused by the nonpreaching of 
God's Word and the absence of the conviction by the 
Holy Spirit in the affairs of the church. Spiritual 
maturity is synonymous with church attendance, 
therefore moral character is not important. This situ- 
ation has existed for years in the Black church begin- 
ning with the pastors and problems with divorce, 
adultery, and other questionable issues like smoking, 
alcohol and materialism. One popular Black magazine 
{JET 1982) had this to say about divorce in the two 
largest Black denominations: 
"Black Methodists and 
Baptists in the North- 
ern and Southern regions 
of the United States have the 
highest incidence of divorce 
in the country, according 
to a recent survey by the 
Council of Churches in Wash- 
ington, D.C." This rate of 
divorce speaks directly to this issue of the discipline 
in the local Black church. The assumption on the part 
of this writer is if pastors firmly address this issue 
from the pulpit in a biblical manner, this rate would 
decrease. Tradition will not save the family, only the 
Word of God can through the convicting work of the 
Holy Spirit. 

Family Structure Is Weak 

Because of the divorce rate, fornication, and lack 
of biblical teaching in the church, the Black family 
unit is weak in the church. It is the estimation of the 
writer that one-half to two-thirds of the adult mem- 
bers of Black churches are women. Many of these 
women are single parents. In light of this one-half to 
two-thirds estimation, what effect does this article 
have on the Black church if true? 

Religious dogma has stifled many attempts 
by women to gain positions of leadership in the 
church but women are likely to continue their 
struggle for equality in the secular and religious 
world, according to Dr. Mozella Mitchell, a Nor- 
folk State University assistant professor who is 
studying the roles of Black women in the 

(Continued on page 24) 




(Continued from page 23) 

Black men should not feel threatened by the 
Black wonnan's movement to gain influence in 
the church, Mitchell said, because Black women 
have tried to advance and support their men at 
the same time. "Black Women are interested in 
total Black liberation. We are not trying to hurt 
our men, but offer them, up front, the support 
we've always given them from the sidelines" 
(JET 1982). 
The effects would seem to be that because of their 
majority status in the church, and the liberal philoso- 
phies of man being accepted by the members and 
clergy, women could and often do gain control of the 
church. While this may not be direct control, there is 
still a great deal of indirect control exercised by 
women today, while at the same time they seek more 
as the article indicates. 

While this struggle continues by adults in the 
church, children are standing by watching the feud 
just waiting for their chance to play the exciting game 
we call church. The sad thing is that an opportunity 
usually presents itself and they accept the "tradition" 
and all is well until the next generation. 

Black Preachers in Politics 

Perhaps the most controversial of all these subjects 
is this aspect of the traditional Black church. This can 
really be divided into two sections: political and 

On the political side of Black America the preach- 
er has long been known as the freedom fighter and 
chief agent to represent the people. This can be seen 
by looking at such men as Dr. Martin Luther King, 
Jr.; Rev. Jesse Jackson; and Rev. Andrew Young. 
These men have greatly contributed to the plight of 
Black people. Not to minimize their accomplishments 
in any way, some residue of their focus has been left 
to cause concern to the church. The concern spoken 
of here has to do with the focus of the church and 
the priorities of its pastor. An illustration of this 
focus can be observed by listening to a sermon on 
Sunday morning. The question is, did he teach and 
preach about Christ, or about the social situation of 
the day? It is sad to say, but in many cases one hears 
the last rather than the first. What do people remem- 
ber about the sermons of Dr. Martin Luther King— his 
love for the Lord or his quest for equality? This is not 
intended to put the man down in any way, but to 
show that Christ was not the focus of his ministry. 
This focus on equality rather than Christ is still large- 
ly the thrust of Black ministers today. 

The point being made here is not that Black clergy 
are not to address the political and social issues of the 
day, but should the church starve doctrinally because 
of the political priorities of the pastor? This cannot 
be justified in the sight of the Lord. 

On the social side, the Black church tends to be 
very concerned with the welfare of the community. 
In this area the writer would say that the Black tradi- 
tional church is far ahead of the fundamental church 
in many aspects. Blacks in America do feel that the 

church is concerned about them and wants to help in 
some way, whether politically or socially. Whereas in 
the fundamental community the church seems only 
to care of itself and its programs. However, caution 
must be exercised on behalf of the Black church, in 
that they should not devote their total energy to pro- 
viding needs and calling it missions as many do. 


Just as a strategy had to be developed to establish 
Mexico as a mission field in 1951 by Grace Brethren 
Foreign Missions, likewise a well-planned strategy 
needs to be developed for the 27.3 million Blacks in 
America today. The first thing to be kept in mind is 
the role of "traditionalism" in the Black church and 
how it affects the receptivity of the people to some- 
thing. The fundamental church planter must be aware 
of the hold traditionalism has on the Black culture 
and proceed with much patience toward his goal and 
reeducate the people. Because of this very problem, it 
might be best to start with new converts in whom the 
"traditionalism" has not taken root. Young people 
between the ages of 20-25 would make the best target 
group because of their nonexposure to the tradition, 
their education and their quest for something new 
with substance. This is a fertile field waiting to be 

The second thing that should be of impor- 
tance to the church planter is the area of the family 
and the problem structure of it. Because of the ab- 
sence of positive parent models for children, perhaps 
the church planter should start with very young Black 
families between the ages above, and try to build a 
stable foundation so as to be a model for other fami- 
lies in the future. This type of family would most 
likely be found in the middle educated class of the 
Black community, thus there is our target area (geo- 
graphical). The church planter must be careful here to 
instill a burden on the hearts of this group for the 
inner city for it is common for them to become com- 
placent and selfish in its scope of ministry. This group 
is also able to support a missions project to the inner 
city and would do so // taught properly. 

A third thing to be concerned with is that the 
single parent must be ministered to by the potential 
work. Some system of care must be set up for these 
women (perhaps a special Bible study by the poten- 
tial pastor's wife). The children of these women are 
one of the best target groups that the church planter 
can find. Therefore the church planter must have a 
good child evangelism program on tap for the 

In closing this part of the project, it is impera- 
tive that any church planter must study the history, 
culture, life style, and needs of the group he plans to 
minister to. These facts and problems have been de- 
signed to do just that, namely, educate the potential 
church planter that desires to minister to Black 
America. May the next revision of Conquering Fron- 
tiers record the work of Grace Brethren Home Mis- 
sions in Black America. ■ 


hoping to help in Christian ed, 
youth, and church growth 

GBC Christian Education 

Box 365, Winona Lake, Indiana (219)267-6622 

alberg, President • Ed Lewis, Director of Youth Ministries • Brad Skilcs, Director of Administration 

©n Personal Motivation. . . 

Ed Lewis 

Brad Skiles 

BRAD: Ed, what has kept you here for over ten 

ED: Realizing our work is for the Lord. That's num- 
ber one. Here at CE, we are not just going 
through the motions; we are helping to build 
the church, God's people. 

A second reason is the effect this ministry 
has on young people. Seeing a kid, whose direc- 
tion was entirely toward the world, attend 
youth conference or travel with Operation Bar- 
nabas and come to the place where he is totally 
committed to the Lord— now that's exciting. 
Just this past week, for example, somebody 
who was in my youth group years ago came in- 
to my office requesting a final application for 
foreign missionary service. It was rewarding to 
see the fruits from my earlier efforts. 

How would you answer the question? 
What keeps you here? 
BRAD: Certainly I believe God wants me here. In addition to that, I'm motivated by our theme "hoping to help." Be- 
fore I joined the staff, I used to think "hoping to help" was just a clever slogan. Now I realize it's a description 
of the heart and ministry of each staff person and board member. "Hoping to help" allows me to be creative, and 
I'm motivated by knowing my creativity is going to help churches, young people and pastors. I guess it's that ser- 
vant's approach. If it were just a mechanical business and if I were here just to increase offerings or come up with 
a new product, I would not be interested. 

ED: I think that's neat. And, Brad, that's a good reminder to us— we need to recognize that the action is in the local 
church. By serving in a national office, we are not "over" them, but rather "under" them, to serve them. You 
demonstrate that and that's something I think we all need. 

BRAD: A friend told me once that if I ever left CE the thing that would be most valuable when I looked back would 
not be some new product, or binder, or program I produced, but to look back and see lives that have been 
touched or relationships that have been influenced. Our whole office has that philosophy. We hope to touch 
people and to build relationships and not just send out letters or do tasks. 

ED: That's true. And it's good you have that perspective, because, with all your administrative and organizational 
abilities, it wouldn't help unless godliness was number one. 

I read an evaluation form from a TIME worker this week. She told of a new Christian in France who told 
her, "We don't want you here; we don't need you here. What we want is God here— the Lord here. If you can 
bring us God, if you can bring us the Lord, then we want you. But we don't want someone that just has skills and 
abilities. We want someone who has a heart for God." 

I'm motivated to keep going here at CE because I see that in our programs, through Operation Barnabas or 
Timothy Team leadership, and especially when we add new staff, we are primarily seeking people who have hearts 
for God rather than just talent. And that priority allows us to continue our "helping" ministry. 

Thanks for letting us serve you! 

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Some tliouglits and suggegtions oa . . . 

Family Worship 

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It's something we want to do and know we should, but sometimes it's hard. Many times it starts and stops. 
And sometimes it doesn't begin. 

Family worship is a time for the family to collectively say, "God's important." It's the application of 
Deuteronomy 6:6-9 and Ephesians 6:4. 

A key is variety. We do not have a strict structure to follow or big suggestions, but here are some little 
things that need to happen if the big thing, family worship, is to work. 

1. KEEP IT RELAXED. Don't clear your throat and get the frog out and then announce a formal worship time. 

Make it simple. Choose a room where everyone can be comfortable (without going to sleep!). Laugh and 
smile, call it something everyone can relate to, and get started. 

If you have quit and want to start again, avoid the embarrassment of a big announcement that you 
have been negligent and delinquent for two years and now are going to renew this sanctified meeting. 

When it starts on a relaxed basis it continues that way and becomes sincere and enjoyable. 

2. MAKE IT BRIEF. When you are finished, your family should be asking for more, not cheering. It Is better to 

have ten minutes of good stuff on a regular basis than start with thirty minutes and soon quit. 

3. SCHEDULE IT. Or it won't happen. If you are starting after stopping, perhaps at the close of your first meet- 

ing you can suggest a repeat later in the week. And choose an achievable goal for frequency. If this is 
new, maybe do it twice a week, or even once a week, if every day is too hard. 

4. USE THE BIBLE. Use the storybooks or other if you like, but make sure a few minutes, or five or ten are 

spent in the Bible. Show your family the Bible is the center of worship as far as books and revelation go. 

5. MEET NEEDS. Don't make this just for adults. Bring your conversation and application down to the level of 

the smallest child (probably not the baby!). And as a family, talk about how the passage or story applies 
to the family, this family. 

6. DON'T PANIC WHEN YOU MISS. A lot of people get embarrassed if they miss a day or week. And then they 

don't start it up again. We're not Pharisees. We do want to worship God. So, if your schedule needs to be 
rescheduled, do. Simply start again. Perhaps you can even use the next meeting to speak positively of 
schedule problems and the value of being flexible with the family worship. 

7. INCLUDE THE CHURCH. No, don't invite 60 or 100 people to participate too, but do teach your family the 

role of the church in your family's worship. Maybe skip the "in-house" meeting on Sundays and Wednes- 
days to show how the church is your special worship time then. And then fill the other days of the week 
because you want to worship every day. 

8. GET THE KIDS INVOLVED. Ask questions they can understand and answer. Depending on their age, have 

them tell a Bible story or share a verse. Perhaps part of the variety of this could be a family craft time or 
even ministry project. 

9. BE SPONTANEOUS. Be willing to change your agenda if a special need or question arises. As questions are 

brought up, go to the Bible and try to find the answers. Even if you could quote a verse, try to show 
them you are finding it in the Bible. Or, as a family, search for the answer together. 

10. PRAY ON THEIR LEVEL. Don't pray about turmoil in the Middle East with a five-year-old-pray about his 
getting along with his seven-year-old sister. Pray about a new wagon. Give thanks for everything that you 
get, not just food. On payday, thank God for the paycheck. If mother was sick and now feels better, 
thank God for the healing. Let the children see that God is answering prayers and taking care of your 

GBC Christian Education • Box 365 • Winona Lake, Indiana • 46590 

1983 Educator of the Year 

She is the Sunday school superintendent for her church's junior department, 
a junior church teacher and leader, and group Bible study leader. She's a deacon- 
ess in her church and serves on their Christian education board. She is a popular 
speaker to wonnen's groups and is active in Child Evangelism Fellowship. 

She is Mrs. Phoebe Boze from the Bethel Brethren Church in Berne, Indiana, 
and she deserves this recognition as CE's "1983 Educator of the Year." 

With twenty-six years of Sunday school teaching experience, Phoebe is skilled 
in making Sunday school and junior church attractive for children. One parent 

The pleasure my husband and I have found in having our daughters 

in Phoebe's class is watching the continued excitement they have in 

wanting to get back week after week to see what and how Phoebe will 

teach them about the Lord. Parents need people like Phoebe to help 

their children see that not just their parents are interested in their walk 

with Christ. 

In recommending Mrs. Boze for this award, her pastor named two areas of ex- 
cellence: "1) The children know if they ask her to pray for something it will be 
done; 2) Phoebe constantly is rewarding every good task. Whether it is a material 
prize or kind word, she never lets an opportunity for praise escape." He went on 

to write: "We have seen between 12-14 children become saved per year under the guidance of Phoebe. She started 
our junior church program and now, because of her enthusiasm, has five helpers, including her busy husband." 

For her enthusiasm, hard work and caring spirit, CE gives this honor to Phoebe. 

CE board member. Randy Poyner, 
left, presents Mrs. Phoebe Boze with 
"1983 Educator of the Year" award. 

New Leader 

Sue Rika is her name and she joins 
our staff in Winona Lake, Indiana, as 
"SiVIIVl Coordinator." She began her new 
ministry in October 1983. 

Sue became a Christian at age 9, 
growing up in a Christian family. Her 
parents are charter members of the 
Grace Brethren Church, Trotwood, 
Ohio, where Sue grew in Christ and also "learned" SMM. 

As a collegian. Sue committed her life to the Lord for 
"serious service for Him." As a part of that service, she has 
worked in her local church and on a district level in SMM, 
serving as a Little Sisters patroness and then for the last two 
years with the Lumiere and Charis groups. She was also the 
assistant district patroness in the Southern Ohio District be- 
fore joining CE's staff. 

Sue is a Cedarville College graduate and comes to CE with 
a heart for ministry and experience in youth work. 

Of her new role. Sue says: "I'm so thankful for all the 
opportunities the Lord has given me to serve Him and am 
looking forward to doing just that as I continue working with 

Serving My Master, CE's discipleship program for young 
girls, is designed for grades 1-12. 

Summary ot 
1983 Awards 

Church of the Year: 

Anchorage, Alaska 
Sunday School of the Year: 

Wooster, Ohio 
Senior Medal of Ministry: 

Williard Smith, Minerva, Ohio 
Educator of the Year: 

Phoebe Boze, Berne, Indiana 
CE Idea of the Year: 

Long Beach, California, GBC 
(Baptism booklet) 
Alexander Mack Baptism/Membership 
Big Valley Grace Community 

Church, Modesto, California 
Resurrection of the Year: 

Albuquerque, NewMexico (Heights); 
and Akron, Ohio (Fairlawn) 
New Church of the Year: 
Eagle River, Alaska 

Timothy Teams completed an effective ministry last month. For three weekends the team of 20 Grace 
/^ ^^ \f College and Seminary students traveled to the Martinsburg, Pennsylvania, GBC for a ministry emphasis on 

f_ .r^. i^J \ £,{JIJ^ helping parents with teens. The 1984 Brethren National Youth Conference will be held at Manchester Col- 
lege, North Manchester, Indiana, Tuesday-Wednesday, August 1-7. A week of workshops and youth strategy 
will be shared at CE's National Youth Worker's Conference . April 9-13, 1984, Ridgecrest, North Carolina. 
More Information will be available in the February Herald. 




"As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the 
'word, that ye may grow thereby:" (1 Peter 2:2) 

Msstonary ^Birthdays 

MARCH 1984 

(If no address is listed, the address can be found on pages 31-33 of 
the 1984 Grace Brethren AnnualJ 


Mrs. Mary Hoyt March 12 


Ronald Burk March 15, 1972 

Joe Johnson March 25, 1975 

Evelyn Pettman March 28, 1983 

Mrs. Nancy Green March 31 


Miss Carol Mensinger March 6 

Jonathan Austin March 19, 1975 

Emily Kuns March 11, 1976 


Mrs. Doris Julian March 27 


Christopher Manduka March 1, 1982 

Mrs. Kathy Manduka March 25 


Raynnond Hulett March 14, 1983 

c/o P. O. Box 588, Winona Lake, IN 46590 


Rev. Chris Nord March 7 

Dr. Dave Daugherty March 18 

Lisa Viers March 26, 1973 


Mr. Al Balzer March 1 

Rev. Foster Tresise March 20 

Mrs. Dorothy Maconaghy March 21 

Mrs. Hattie Sheldon March 21 

Miss Gall Jones March 31 

f im nmnm^F^f^f* 

©ffering Opportunity 


Refurbishing of McCiain Auditorium 

Goal: $10,000 

Send before March 10, 1984 

Plus, since SMM is the heart of WMC (and Valentine's Day is coming up) . 

National SMM Offering 

SMM Girl-of-the-Year Scholarship and sponsorship of Director of SMM 

Goal: $7,000 (suggested minimum of $1.50 a year per member) 

Send before March 10, 1984 




It's All in the Topping 

by Betty Bergen 

Waterloo, Iowa 

"This is my favorite breai<fast. Mommy!" four- 
year-old Benji exclaimed, relieved by the break from 
oatmeal or cream of wheat! 

I knew why they loved French toast. It wasn't the 
change of routine; it wasn't the bread fried with that 
egg and milk mixture, nor the slab of melted butter 
on the top. That all helped, but the real vaue was the 
buttery-rich syrup that oozed over the top of the hot 

That thick, sweet topping was good enough to 
make you want to lick the plate clean, as I occasion- 
ally caught them doing. 

Just as I expected, their eyebrows raised and were 
followed by that familiar whiney, disappointed cry, 
"Mommmmmyyyyyy," as they sat down to the 
steamy plate of golden toast. "What is this?" 

This morning it was different than usual. The 
thick, sticky brown syrup was substituted with a clear 
topping of Karo syrup. I explained that I didn't real- 
ize that Mrs. Butterworth's was all gone, and since the 
toast was already being fried, I heated the "yummy" 
Karo instead. 

Our little neighbor boy, just a year older than 
Benji, was spending the night with us. Undoubtedly 
Chad was also disappointed, as Benji had told him 
how extra good his mommy made French toast. 
Little Betsy prayed that morning and after thanking 
Jesus for Mommy, Daddy, Benji, and herself, she 
added a special thanks for the French toast. 

As we began to eat, Benji, with a tone of disgust, 
asked Chad that question that has stuck in my mind 
for days. "Chaddy, do you like this yucky syrup?" 

Chad, having to mumble because of cheeks over- 
stuffed with French toast, drug out an "mmmm 
hmmmm!" Ben's enthusiastic reply was, "Yes, me, 
too." Then Betsy chimed in, "Yeh, me, too, Chaddy!" 

The conversation these little children had had 
really made me think of how much I am watched and 
listened to for my reply to unexpected disappoint- 
ments. Chad's response was so positive and thankful, 
and through it he changed the hearts and thoughts of 
those around him. 

Do I respond like Chad or is my response a nega- 
tive whine? 

I may be the only "Bible" my friends read, and 
my reaction can set the example for their reaction. 
The Holy Spirit spoke to me that morning through 
our children. As Ephesians 5:20 says, "Giving thanks 
always for all things unto God and the Father in the 
name of our Lord Jesus Christ." 

Do my friends see joy in me even when I've gotten 
a poor substitute for the ideal situation I had 
imagined? It's all in the topping. ■ 

— "Each year we combine a missionary proj- 
ect with our fellowship time, plus we all learn a 
new handcraft. One year we each learned to 
crochet. We worked on granny squares, and 
when we each had made several, we had several 
fellowship times to sew the squares together. 
We made a beautiful afghan that was sent to 
our missionaries. Another year we all learned 
how to quilt. A quilt was made out of small 
squares we had made individually and then sent 
it to a home missionary." 

— "Recently we have begun an outreach into 
a community nursing home. Our WMC is 
divided into teams with captains. Each week a 
different team visits the nursing home and in- 
teracts with the men and women. We make 
favors for their trays for special holidays. Plus, 
these same teams are given index cards with the 
names of our church's shut-ins. During the 
month we visit, phone, or write the shut-in. The 
next month the teams swap these shut-ins' 
names and do likewise. We have heard much 
from our shut-ins in terms of appreciation that 
they are not forgotten." 

— "We have tried to have creative missionary 
times at our meetings to become better ac- 
quainted with missions, the missionaries, and 
the society. For example, we've had personal 
interviews with missionaries or we've played a 
match-up game (match the missionary with the 
country in which he serves)." 

— If you have an idea or a program you 
would like to share with other WMC ladies, 
please jot it down and send it to: Nora Macon, 
705 Terrace Dr., Winona Lake, IN 46590. 



D A celebration and dedication of tlie new sanctuary 
of tine Grace Bretliren Church in Ashland, OH, was 
held November 20. The Grace College Drama Team 
presented a concert prior to the dedication service at 
which Chaplain Kevin Muggins of Grace College, 
Winona Lake, IN, was the special speaker. Rev. John 
Teevan is serving as pastor pro tern. 

n The Northeastern Ohio District Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches has a junior quiz team. 

"The 1983-84 Junior Quiz season began with 
Wooster GBC taking the rotating trophy back home. 
'Don't you forget to bring it back next rally,' Norton 
said. 'Next rally is at Wooster, so we won't be able to 
forget.' Dan and Beth Bowman do an excellent job 
with junior quizzers at Wooster, and it shows. 

"Junior quizzing is a five-year tradition in the 
NEO. The level of competition is not as tough as the 
senior quizzing, but the spirit is just as high. Many 
teams have to meet a 'traditional Nemesis' at the 
rallies. Junior quizzers, like senior quizzers, worry 
about how well the competition will do. 

"At a practice session, if it weren't for the size, 
you might not be able to tell which age group you 

were seeing. They goof off the same, get excited the 
same, occasionally determined the same, and frustrat- 
ing to the coaches the same. 

"At the first rally, a quizzer has to score 80 points 
jumping in two quizzes to be in the top ten. Almost 
60 quizzers were there, 10 teams from all over the 
NEO. David Durham, from Wooster GBC, quizzed 
out twice without errors for 220 points and honors 
as top jumper. Jim Marsh (Sterling) had errors and so 
had to settle for 200 points. Jim Marsh was, however, 
top overall quizzer after the quiz down round. 

Junior quizzers line up after lunch and each in- 

dividual gets a question in turn. Two errors eliminates 
the quizzers. This is called the quiz down round. 
Letitia Wiley (Minerva) was the first quiz downer. In 
this round every quizzer gets the opportunity to show 
that they have learned some of the Bible— and that's 
what it is all about. 

"These kids, third to sixth grades, learn approxi- 
mately half of the material that the senior quizzers 
learn. They are given eight verses to memorize per- 
fectly. Some are better than others, but all learn at 
least some of the Scripture material. 

"Quiz coaches are a special breed. They have to be 
able to counsel, teach, comfort, and encourage their 
charges. They have to control much of their own 
emotion— sometimes heartbreaking or discouraging 
and sometimes thrilling. They have to get to church 
early on Sunday evenings and have to give up a lot to 
do this. They get a lot back aho."— Submitted by 
Kevin Eady, junior quiz master and also pastor of ttie 
Canal Fulton (Ohio) GBC 

D Mortgage-burning Service held at Alexandria, VA. 
On October 2, the Grace Brethren Church reached a 
milestone in its existence as a celebration was held 
during which the mortgage papers were burned. 

A musical concert was presented by Mrs. Carolyn 
Hyman during the Sunday school hour. Rev. Kenneth 
Teague, a former pastor, delivered the morning mes- 
sage, after which a carry-in meal was enjoyed by all. 

Mr. Kenneth Teague also preached the special 
mortgage-burning message in the afternoon exhorting 
those present "with the great things God has in store 
for a church with vision, faith, faithfulness, enthusi- 
asm and the needed workers to see God do greater 
things. What God has begun He desires to finish!." 

Rev. John Burns, also a former pastor, participated 
in the service, along with the testimonies of members. 

The church began in 1944 and Rev. William 
Clough became the pastor in 1946. With the assist- 
ance of the Brethren Home Missions Council, ground- 
breaking for their permanent building was held in 
1950 with dedication in 1953, at which time Rev. 
Kenneth Teague was pastor having arrived there 
in 1951 to shepherd the flock. 




The congregation covets your prayers for their fu- 
ture and thanl<s brethren throughout the Fellowship 
for their support in the past. 

chanae yeur annual 

Randy Poyner, R. 1, Box 238D, Williannsport, IViD 
21795 / Mark Saunders, P.O. Box 144, Ephrata, PA 
17522 / Kenneth Stoll, 426 Parkview, Mt. Holly, IMJ 
08060 / Grace Brethren Church, 1060 St. Rd. 40, 
Ornnond Beach, FL 32074 / The Grace Community 
Church of IVIonroe, NY, pastored by Terryl Delaney, 
has withdrawn its membership from the Fellowship 
of Grace Brethren Churches. The church and pastor 
should be deleted in ^our Annual. 


Death notices must be submitted in writing by the pastor. 
The Grace Brethren Church of Long Beach, CA, has re- 
ported the following deaths, Lloyd Rinks, pastor: 
Mary Barrett, June 2 
Lucille Diffine, Sept. 16 

Milton Lichty, Aug. 14 

Grace Whidden, Sept. 
BATZEL, Ellis (Pete), Sept. 22. He was a former moderator 
and teacher of the Men's Sunday school class in the Grace 
Brethren Church, Everett, PA. Homer Lingenfelter, pastor 
emeritus; and George "Tommy" Thomas, interim pastor. 
CONE, George £., Sr., 92, Nov. 12. Mr. Cone had been active 
in the pastorates of the Grace Brethren Fellowship for many 
years. He was ordained to the Christian ministry in 1915, and 
served in the following churches: Milledgeville, IL; Udell and 
Dallas Center, lA; Hamlin, Fort Scott, Mulvane and Portis, 
KS; and Ankenytown and Danville, OH. He will also be 
remembered by many of Grace Schools alumni where he 
served for 13 years as maintenance man. He was a former 
member of Home Missions Council Board of Directors, and 
was instrumental in initiating the Brethren Missionary Herald. 
POOR, Geraldine, Nov. 2. She was a member of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Everett, PA. Homer Lingenfelter, pastor 
emeritus; and George "Tommy" Thomas, interim pastor. 
KOONTZ, Herman W., 81, Nov. 27. Dr. Koontz had served 
the Lord through many pastorates— Winona Lake, IN; York, 
PA; and Roanoke, VA, prior to his retirement. Even in his 
retirement, he continued to serve the Lord as a pioneer in 
starting churches in Florida— the St. Petersburg, Maitland, 
Ormond Beach, Brooksville, and Orange City are all the re- 
sult of his labor for the Lord. He also served for a number of 
years on the boards of the Foreign Missionary Society and 
Grace Schools. 

The memorial service was held in the Maitland church. 
Rev. R. Paul Miller delivered the memorial sermon, and area 
pastors Tom Avey and William Willard assisted. ■ 

Dear Editor 

(Continued from page 3) 
concerning Brethren doctrine. As we searclied for the 
Bible's answers to the many questions we have had 
concerning differences in other denominations and 
our own churches, we have formed opinions. We pray 
that they are accurate and reflect the truth of the 

This is my opinion as my husband and I have dis- 
cussed various problems affecting the Fellowship: 

I believe that the FGBC holds a very firm grasp on 
the truth of the Word. The truth is preached from the 
pulpit and is not compromised. In the individual 
churches we are fairly free to function as we wish 
within the parameters of the Bible. But, / see the 
mindset of the Fellowship and leadership to tend to 
be too separated from the world to reach it. You 
might go so far as to use the word "legalistic." I 
realize that I have crossed the line to make a serious 
charge, but we have a serious problem within the Fel- 
lowship that is shown by our growth and membership 

I am sure that you are well aware of the view of 
those who do not wish to adopt trine immersion and 
threefold communion as church doctrine. I am in 
agreement with their views. I find it personally of- 
fensive that people are required to be rebaptized to 
enter membership if they have been previously bap- 
tized in a different manner. How "elite" are we as 
members of the GBC? 

My husband has many times brought me back to 

the proper perspective on things that are implied (i.e. 
trine immersion) by having me look at Deuteronomy 
29:29: "The secret things belong to the Lord our 
God, but the things revealed belong to us. " Trine im- 
mersion is not clearly stated anywhere in the Bible. It 
is not explained anywhere in the Bible. Are we going 
to make doctrine out of something that is not innate- 
ly clear? Are we going to tell someone else that their 
former identification with Christ through baptism 
does not count? 

Also, are we providing needed services in our com- 
munity? Let's put off our "religious," "pious" over- 
coat and roll up our sleeves to show people that 
Christians don't revolve in a closed society. Are we 
getting woven into the fabric of our community? 
Where is our love directed? 

Do you want people to stay in the church? Get 
them involved where they can use their gifts. Make 

Are we, as individuals, sharing the Gospel, and, 
more importantly, winning souls to the Lord? How 
healthy is our devotional life? Are our lives even ap- 
pealing to the unsaved? 

Are we relying on Gad's perfect grace or on our 
"Brethren distinctives" as the drawing point for the 
reason people choose for joining our churches? 

Are we focusing on the wrong things and becom- 
ing "legalists"? We are salt and light. Let's be ap- 
plying spice and Sonshine to our strong biblical 

Thank you for taking the time to consider my 
viewpoint. These are burdens from my heart.— Maska 




Above The WMC refurbished the Seminary lounge in 1981. 

Below: Miriam Pacheco presents three Astin-Weight pianos to Professor Don Odgen. 

WMC & Grace Schools 

by Miriam Pacheco 

Retiring \NMC President 

Women's Missionary Council is committed to the 
purpose of promoting home and foreign missionary 
work in the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. 
That is the underlying basis for our programs, prayers 
and projects. 

So how did Grace Schools get in on it? From the 
very first year of our organization, WMC ladies realized 

the importance of helping Christian higher education. 
That was 1939 and an offering was given to Grace 

Grace Schools is a place where pastors, mission- 
aries, teachers, pastors' wives, music ministers, youth 
leaders and evangelists are nurtured and trained. This 
is a place where future leadership of our churches is 
developed. WMC wants to help with that nurturing, 
training and developing. 

Projects chosen through the years have been 
varied: pews, building, lounge furnishings, library 
books, sidewalks, desks, mailbox equipment, pianos, 
kitchen appliances, landscaping, bleachers, art depart- 
ment equipment, office equipment and furnishings, 
air conditioning, nursing lab equipment, education 
resource materials, audio-visual equipment, and 
equipment for the Science building. 

Offerings given to Grace Schools through national 
WMC over these 44 years is over $121,000. 

The projects are chosen from several recommended 
ones provided by Grace to us each year. The WMC 
board members are sensitive to the immediate needs 
and also to the budget provisions. If an idea will not 
be accomplished in the school budget, then the WMC 
ladies may decide on that basis to choose that 

We count it a privilege to be helping in the purpose 
for Grace Schools' existence— training and developing 
young people to know Christ and to make Him 
known. ■ 







Foeus on Faculty 

Dr. James H. Nesbitt, 
Associate Professor of Modern Languages 

Birthdate: June 10 

Salvation: November 13, 1954 

Education: University of Paris, Sorbonne, 
University of Paris, Institut de 

Phonetique, C.I. P. 
Princeton, A.B. 

Grace Theological Seminary, B.D. 
Dallas Seminary, Th.M. 
Middlebury, M.A., D.M.L. 

Favorite Biblical Books: Isaiah, Psalms 

Favorite Scripture: Deuteronomy 31 :6 

Favorite Topics of Discussion: From Aachen, 
Aalst, Aar, Aardvark ... to zynolysis, zy- 
mosis, zynotic, zymurgy . . . 

Favorite Subject to Teach: Bible (one to one), 
church planting 

Joined Grace Faculty: August 1960 

Marriage: July 6, 1963, to Nancy McBride 

Children: Patrick (17), Eric (15), and Caroline 

Hobbies: Languages, running 

Latest Accomplishment: Doctorate of Modern 
Languages, Middlebury; read Der Zauber- 
berg; lived in one location since September 

Arthur W. Davis 

Assistant Professor of Art 

Birthdate: March 25 

Salvation: 1954, in Vacation Bible School 

Education: B.F.A., Philadelphia College of 
Art, 1969 

M.Ed., Eastern New Mexico Uni- 
versity, 1973 

Favorite Biblical Books: Psalms, Philippians 

Favorite Scripture: Psalm 18:30 

Favorite Topics of Discussion: Art, sports, 
computers, finance 

Favorite Subject to Teach: Drawing, 2-D, 

Joined Grace Schools Faculty: September 

Marriage: June 12, 1971, to Laura I. 

Children: Brian (7), and Kevin (2) 

Hobbies: Golf, computers 

Latest Accomplishment: Produced/Directed/ 
Animated two children's animated films for 
Ken Anderson Films: "Lost Gold Mine," 
and "Phantom Lake." ■ 






Grace College Has 
Accreditation Review 

by Homer A. Kent, Jr. 

Grace Schools 

Regional accreditation is one of the ways in 
winich colleges and universities can validate 
the quality of their programs. Colorful bro- 
chures and appealing catalogs may make 
enticing claims, but complete objectivity is 
difficult when one is talking about his own 
institution. A thorough review by an outside 
agency has the advantage of evaluating an 
institution in comparison with others without 
the built-in bias that comes when one attempts 
to examine himself. The Apostle Paul once 
wrote: "If we would judge ourselves, we would 
not be judged" (1 Cor. 11:31). He knew 
human nature very well! 

Higher education in America has attempted 
to keep relatively free from government con- 
trol by regulating itself through accrediting as- 
sociations that are formed by the institutions 
themselves. The government, in turn, has 
recognized six regional accrediting associations 
for purposes of certifying standards, and does 
not itself get into the accrediting business. 

The agency which grants regional accreditation 
for the nineteen-state area in which Grace 
College is located is the North Central Asso- 
ciation of Colleges and Schools. Grace re- 
ceived candidate status in 1973, and was 
granted full membership status as an accredi- 
ited institution in 1976 for a period of three 
years. In 1979, the college's accreditation was 
renewed for five years. All accredited institu- 
tions under NCA must be reexamined periodi- 
cally with the re-visit scheduled to occur after 
an interval of from one to ten years. 

During October of 1983, a four-member 
team consisting of a president, a dean, and 
two faculty members from other NCA insti- 
tutions spent three days at Grace. They 
studied the complete operation, and will be 
making a formal recommendation to the NCA 
board for continuation of accreditation in the 
spring of 1984. At the exit interview, the 
team indicated that their recommendation 
would ask for the next visit to occur during 
1993-94. Needless to say, all of us at Grace 
are extremely well pleased with this prospect— 
the maximum which NCA grants. Final action 
will be taken by the NCA board in April. 

The evaluation team noted a number of 




Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr. 

Grace College strengths: its strong sense of 
mission which is shared by the board, admin- 
istration, staff, students, and constituents; sta- 
bility of the institution and continuity of its 
personnel; a readily identifiable constituency; 
the college's ability to operate in the black; 
a strong student services program; and a well- 
maintained physical plant and campus. 

Some concerns were expressed to which at- 
tention is already being given. The need for a 
comprehensive plan to be in place in view of 
an uncertain environment in the next decade, 
and the college's high dependence on tuition 
income and a corresponding lack of other 
sources of income were some of the major 
concerns. Several other matters had to do 
with organizational structures and procedures. 
All of these problems are being addressed. 

It should also be noted that no questions 
were raised regarding the spiritual or theologi- 
cal standards of Grace College. It is the stated 
policy of NCA to recognize each institution's 
right to establish its own mission, and then to 
evaluate the school in light of whether it is in 
fact, accomplishing that mission. This team 
visit answered that question with a resound- 
ing, "Yes." 



The Administration, Faculty, Staff 
and Students of 

College and Grace Theological Seminary 

wish to thank these industries, 

businesses and their employees for their 

participation in an Employee Matching 

Gift Program for Higher Education: 

Allied Chemical Foundation 

Allstate Foundation 

Bendix Corporation 


Campbell Soup Company 

Chessie System Railroads 

John Deere Foundation 

Firestone Tire & Rubber Company 

General Telephone Company 

H. J. Heinz Company 

North America Phillips Corporation 

Texas Eastern Corporation 


During the week of Winter Bible Conference 
(Februar/ 14-17, 1984), tlie Seminary Place- 
ment Office is planning to provide a "meeting 
place" for graduating seniors and pastors or 
Christian organization representatives who are 
looking for Christian leaders. We hope this will 
be a point of contact between our students and 
those who will be attending our conference and 
looking for Christian workers. 



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Reflections By Still Waters 

Yoti Kno^?^ Yoii Are in Trouble 
When . . . 

by Charles W. Turner 


These past years we have been laughing at the 
great principles of Murphy's Law. We laugh only be- 
cause if we do not laugh, we just may well cry. If 
there is anyone left in the world who does not know 
or has not heard of Murphy's Law, it is best stated in 
simple terms— if anything can go wrong, it will and 
probably will at the worst possible time. 

Books have been written and variations of each 
principle have been personalized to ones own circum- 
stance in life. I would like to present my variation on 
a theme that is closely akin to Mr. Murphy. After hav- 
ing spent some years in the church and its related 
works, there are a number of themes that have arisen. 
The church is still in a very imperfect state and is 
"unblessed" with troubles. These, of course, are man- 
made and man-imposed. Here are a few of the signs of 
trouble I have noted in the church, and you could 
add many more. 

You know that the church is in trouble when the 
pastor takes down the Solomon's Head of Christ pic- 
ture in the lobby and puts up his own. Then adds a 
sign, "Founder and Pastor." 

When every one has a black Bible and they are all 
King James; and when the majority of the congrega- 
tion firmly believes that Paul wrote "Silent Night." 

You know you are in trouble when all of the 
ushers wear Jesus First badges on their lapels and 
carry big Bibles vv/ith an imprint from Jerry Falwell's 

When the stewardship committee, who used to 
drive Ford Pintos, all show up with Cadillac Sevilles 
following a sharp decline in the offerings over the 
past six months. 

When you have only one church pianist and she 
does her adequate best, but just before the Christmas 
cantata she catches her right hand in the car door. 

You know you are in trouble when the head of the 
education committee reports that he is taking his chil- 
dren out of the church college and is sending them to 
Bob Jones. 

You are in trouble when the pastor prays at every 
service for a revival and the need for the Lord to re- 
move some of the problem members by the back 

When the largest donor reports to the church that 
it is time to take more time off and relax a little 
more. He, in fact, feels led of the Lord to buy a cot- 
tage at the lake and a new travel van— one for summer 
and one for winter. 

When the deacon's children report to you in the 
youth meeting that they think the handling of the 
young people in this church is far from the excellent 
quality of the youth activities down the street at the 
Baptist church. 

You know you are in trouble when the pastor goes 
away to candidate at another church once each 
month for a year and no one ever calls him. 

When your public address system is on the same 
frequency as the local police system and they keep 
cruising by your church on Sunday morning. 

You know you are in trouble when the city de- 
cides to locate the new fire station across the street 
from your church. 

When the only soloist you have joins the local vol- 
unteer fire department and he sings every Sunday 
morning and leads the choir and the congregational 

When everyone wants to tell you how good the 
sermons and the church programs have been on TV 
lately. They also relate to you how these programs 
are meeting their spiritual needs as nothing has done 
for years. 

You know you are in trouble when you start a 
church basketball team and the moderator's teenage 
boy, who is five feet and one inch tall, insists on 
being the center on the team. 

You know you are in trouble when one of the 
members of the congregation tells you the quality of 
your sermons are not as good as they used to be and 
she would rather go to services elsewhere, and she 
does it each morning at the breakfast table. 

When your pastor announces that he will be 
preaching from the same book in the Bible at each 
service for the next year and the book is Job. 

But you really know that you are in trouble when 
you keep hearing the message of the love of God and 
do nothing about it. ■ 





Vol. 46 No. 2 February 1984 

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8 Studying to Serve 

12 Impressions of Africa 

15 The Day After 

16 A Tale of Two Churches 

20 Going Where the People Are! 

22 Dealing with Fear 

25 Whatever Happened to Compliments? 

26 Teaching Through Life Experiences 

29 Homespun 

30 Alumni Visiting Committee 

31 Morgan Library Resources Expand 

32 Focus on Faculty 

bitih features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 

• Feature Article 4 • BMH News Report 24 • 

• Guest Article 34 • 

repcrted in the herald 

35 YEARS AGO-1949 

The average annual salary for ministers 
was $2,785, which was less than the $2,900 
average income. . . , Announcement was 
made of the new collegiate division at Grace 
Theological Seminary. 

15 YEARS AGO-1969 

June was set as the date for Roger and 
Nancy Peugh's departure for Germany— 
our first missionaries to that area. . . . There 
were NFBC churches in 25 states— Alaska 
was one of the states on target for the estab- 
lishment of a Brethren church. 

5 YEARS AGO-1979 

Grace College announced the inclusion 
of a nursing major for the first time in the 
history of the school. ... The plans were 
finalized for the annual conference in 


Dear Charles, 

Just a note of appreciation for your 
editorial in the Herald's December 1983 

It is amazing to see how the devil can 
lead some religious organizations into the 
trivia which develops into an anti-God and 
anti-Bible mind-set. 

This current trend of attempting to "de- 
sex" the Bible would be funny if it weren't 
so serious. 

What next? "Desinning" the Bible? I 
guess humanizing Holy Writ has no limits. 

We do well to pray for those devout fol- 
lowers of the Lord Jesus Christ who as yet 
have the experience of working and wor- 
shiping in a local congregation having a 
strong witness for Christ, but having some 
of their benevolence giving being sent to 
help support programs they cannot approve. 
Separation and withdrawal surely are pain- 
ful but can be borne when growing out of 
godly conviction.— ,4 denominational mis- 
sion board leader (Ohio) 

Cover photo by Edwin Cashman, Sr. 

^bBIVIH FEBRUARY -84 0^^5^ 

Rev. David Plaster is presently pastor ot the Warsaw (IN) Community Grace Brethren Church and part-time faculty 
member at Grace Theological Seminary. Rev. Plaster will soon be pursuing studies at Dallas Seminary for his 
Doctor's degree and then will return to Grace Theological Seminary in a full-time capacity. 




by Rev. David Plaster 

The term "ordinance" and its historical 
forefather "sacrament" are really 
somewhat of a paradox in theology. 
They seem to be so clear and so defined 
in the minds of average Christians. 
However, when pressed to actually 
define the term it is quickly discovered 
that such a task is not so easily ac- 
complished. In fact, throughout its 
history the Church has seen a tremen- 
dous amount of diversity as to what an 
ordinance really is. After the apostles in 
the early days of the Church, little atten- 
tion or definition was offered until the 
height of the Middle Ages when one 
man presented a list of thirty 
sacraments,theologians have discussed 
(and debated) this subject. Even the 
Brethren Movement in its history has 
operated on the basis of two different 
ideas as to what an ordinance really is. 

A Brief History 

In the early history of the Church there 
does not appear a definition of an or- 
dinance. There is no single passage in 




the New Testament that tells us what it really 
is. The term "ordinance" has become a 
theological term much like "trinity" or 
"rapture" which do not appear in the Bible but 

The value of the physical action is 

tied directly to how accurately it 

reflects the reality to which it 


can be used to categorize a particular biblical 
teaching. In the period after the apostles pass- 
ed from the scene there is very little informa- 
tion available. However, we do find the Bread 
and Cup (called then the Eucharist), the Agape 
(or. Love Feast), and Baptism associated 
together. It was natural to create such a 
category because they are all physical, 
ceremonial acts practiced by local churches. 
These practices were set apart as matters 
which could not be done without the presence 
of a bishop. 

There really was no formal definition of the 
word "sacrament" until Augustine wrote on 
the subject at the end of the fourth century. He 
stressed the idea that a sacrament was not 
only a physical act but by its very nature 
pointed to a spiritual truth. It was a visible sign 
of an invisible grace. When he included the 
idea that certain sacraments could actually 
convey grace to people, the Roman Catholic 
ideas about sacraments were launched. This 
connection made the word "sacrament" 
something a lot of Anabaptists did not like. The 
idea of "ordinance" came into being with the 
emphasis that these were symbolic only and 
that there was no merit earned in partaking of 

The Reformation put into focus one last im- 
portant element of what an ordinance or sacra- 
ment really is. Both Luther and Calvin battled 
the sacramental system of the Roman Catholic 
Church. They brought out the importance of 
having divine authorization from the Scriptures 
for such a practice. However, both of them did 
not escape completely the idea that a sacra- 
ment has a certain intrinsic efficacy. It was 

Zwingli and the Anabaptist movement which 
stressed these ordinances as symbolic — 
without any virtue, efficacy, or intrinsic value. 

The Brethen Movement does not have a 
"founder" such as Calvin or Luther in the sense 
that someone established well-defined 
theological distinctives. Alexander Mack 
himself left us a rather unclear understanding 
of ordinances. He did see them as instituted by 
the Son of God and commanded. However, he 
also saw the element of example. Thus, an or- 
dinance becomes a practice of the New Testa- 
ment church without any reference to sym- 
bolic value. This idea was reenforced by the 
Amish-Mennonite neighbors of the early 
Brethren. Therefore, we find five statements 
on ordinances in the Brethren Church since 
1883 each different from the other. You can 
find six ordinances listed in the Message of the 
Brethren Ministry and the Convenant of Faith 
of Grace Theological Seminary. On the other 
hand, the current Statement of Faith adopted 
in 1969 lists only two. There is no real con- 
tradiction between them, just a matter of 
operating under two different definitions. One 
stresses the element of church practice while 
the other stresses the element of symbolic 

Looking over the course of history, the defini- 
tion of an ordinance which best allows us to 
communicate with our fellow Bible-believing 
Christians of other groups goes along the lines 
of our current Statement of Faith. As I see it, 
there are three key elements in an ordinance: 
(1) A physical action ceremonial in nature (2) 
pointing to a spiritual reality specified in the 
New Testament (3) which makes clear that all 
Christians are expected to continue 
perpetuating it. 

A Physical Act Ceremonial in Nature 

We have seen how the Church from its 
earliest history saw the affinity of these 
physical practices and grouped them together. 
They were physical acts which were 
ceremonial (in the sense of having a certain 
prescribed form). There are two points which 
need to be made relating to the physical prac- 
tice of an ordinance. 

First, Cod uses physical actions to com- 
municate truth. Hebrews 8:4-5 illustrate this 
principle from the Old Testament. The 
ceremonial law from Moses was but "a copy 
and shadow of the heavenly things." They had 
no real value or reality apart from their spiritual 

(Continued on page 6) 


(Continued from page 5) 

or "heavenly" counterparts. This means that 
the physical action involved has no value in 
itself. Its only value is tied directly to how ac- 
curately it reflects the reality to which it points. 
That sounds the death knell to sacramentalism. 
Furthermore, the physical action itself thus 
not be the focus. To practice the ritual or 
ceremony without focus on the spiritual reality 
violates the intent and purpose of Cod in put- 
ting spiritual truths into a pattern or example. 

Simply calling it an ordinance does 

not mean that some among us do 

not have sacramental ideas about 


Second, physical actions can overshadow the 
truth. Legalism demands a strict conformity to 
the physical practice with little or no focus on 
the spiritual reality it portrays. While there is a 
proper form, it should not become paramount 
in importance. Sacramentalism goes one more 
step and makes such practices themselves the 
spiritual reality which effects something for the 
participant. Simply calling it an ordinance does 
not mean that some among us do not have 
sacramental ideas about communion. 
However, it is equally important to avoid the 
opposite extreme of neglect. We are charged 
with reducing the status of an ordinance to a 
mere symbol which does not change anything 
spiritually. This would then result in a falling 
away from the practice by the average church 
member. A comparison of attendance at com- 
munion services with the membership roll of 
most local churches makes such a charge dif- 
ficult to refute! 

What is clear is that the physical practice 
itself is not enough to define an ordinance. The 
dual nature of this practice — physical action 
and spiritual reality - require us to go on and 
deal with that second aspect. 

Symbolic Significance — Intended and Specified 

John Calvin wrote of ordinances "that the 
essential part lies in the doctrine. This being 
taken away, it is only a frigid ceremony." The 
fact that the spiritual reality or doctrine being 
symbolized is the heart of an ordinance 

establishes two important principles. 

First, an ordinance has a symbolic 
significance which is established by specific 
statements of Scripture. God has used many 
different symbols and symbolic actions to 
communicate truth to men. However, their 
value rests on the fact that Cod Himself has 
revealed the intended meaning. We are not 
left guessing as to what an ordinance means. 
The Bible makes it clear what the symbolic 
significance really is. This approach takes us a 
step away from general church practices. We 
continue to believe and practice such things as 
anointing the sick with oil, but we put it in a dif- 
ferent article of the Statement of Faith since it 
is a practice to which no specific symbol is 
stated in Scripture. 

Second, since the physical practice has no 
value apart from the spiritual reality to which it 
points, the mode (that is, the way we go about 
practicing an ordinance, its form) should reflect 
that spiritual reality as accurately as possible. 
We should not have to "fill in the blanks" with 
words and thus leave to the imagination of the 
congregation the rest of the symbol. The mode 
that most closely portrays what the Bible 
teaches is the best and the preferred way of 
doing it. When more than one truth is bound 
up into an ordinance (baptism has at least 
three!) then the mode that best portrays all of 
them is the best. However, beyond what the 
Bible teaches as to the spiritual reality, we do 
have some liberty of expression. Issues such as 
a baptistry or running water for baptism, the 
length of towel used for footwashing, or the 
content of the Love Feast are not at all in- 
volved in what the spiritual reality being por- 
trayed really is. 

Probably the broadest ordinance is that of 
baptism. We do not have space in this over- 
view to deal specifically with all the texts in- 
volved. The point is that for centuries the 
Church in most of its branches has agreed that 
Matthew 28:19-20 is the specific passage from 
which the conviction is drawn that Jesus in- 
tended Christian baptism. No matter what 
other truths may be involved (cleansing — Acts 
22:16 or identification with Christ — Romans 6), 
there is no way to ignore the trinitarian thrust 
of the Great Commission. Jesus was not giving 
the words of a baptismal formula as much as 
He was plainly stating the spiritual meaning of 
the outward visible rite. Above and beyond 
any grammatical considerations that connect 
the three Persons to the act of baptizing, the 
doctrinal thrust found here must be given con- 




sideration in the form of baptism. The best and 
preferred way, in fact the only way, to portray 
all that baptism symbolizes is trine immersion. 

Expectation of Perpetuation 

The final characteristic of an ordinace is in an 
area of disagreement felt keenly by the 
Brethren Movement in its relations with others 
who share a common conviction about biblical 
truth. Many would see the threefold commu- 
nion service, for example, as something very 
beautiful and meaningful, but at the same time 
they would deny that the Bible commands 
such a practice. This final characteristic is 
crucial to the definition of an ordinance. 

The key issue in this entire discussion rests on 
the requirements for defining something as a 
clear command. That is really a rather subjec- 
tive term. What is clear to one man may not be 
so clear to another. The fact that there are 
Bible-believing Baptists, Brethren, In- 
dependents, and others rests on that fact. 
What are the requirements for perpetuation? 
What constitutes a clear command? While all 
agree that this is necessary, not all have really 
thought through the implications. 

In this area of ordinances, many have been 
guilty of creating additional requirements 
placed upon a command that are not applied 
consistently to other commands in the Bible. 
One example of this "command plus 
something" approach is the idea that it must be 
commanded by Christ. Some state this require 
ment in such a fashion as to essentially de- 
mand the need for a "red letter" edition of the 
Gospels where there can be found the actual 
recorded words of Jesus instituting and com- 
manding the practice of an ordinance. While 
all the ordinances may go back to a time when 
they were instituted by Christ, the authoriza- 
tion or the command that they be practiced is 
not always found in the Gospels. For example, 
there does not exist in the Gospels any com- 
mand grammatically demanding perpetuation 
for the Cup. We understand that from the 
Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians. Paul wrote 1 
Corinthians earlier than Luke wrote his gospel 
account. Yet Luke has only the clear command 
demanding perpetuation for the Bread and 
nothing for the Cup. If having the actual words 
of Christ was the standard of the New Testa- 
ment writers, then we would expect to see 
more in the Gospel records. The point is that 
all the information, no matter from what part 
of the New Testament it is drawn, is given to us 
by men inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is from 

the New Testament in its entirety that we must 
find our authorization. 

Another approach has been to require that 
the practice of an ordinance must be found 
outside the Gospels in Acts or in the epistles 
before it can be considered an ordinance. This 
argument is often used to evade the clear com- 
mands of Jesus in John 13 relating to foot- 
washing. The question should be raised as to 
whether or not other commands should face 
the same test of authenticity for the Church. 
No one questions the practice of Matthew 
18:15-17 and yet there is no clear example out- 
side of Matthew that the apostles practiced 
such a process. 

for an ordinance such as the Love Feast, you 
first must define what you expect and be sure 
that you consistently apply the same standard 
to any other truth in the category of being a 
command from the New Testament. Obvious- 
ly, there is no present imperative "Thou shalt 
continue to observe the Love Feast" in the 
New Testament. Where did the early church 
learn to practice the Love Feast (or Agape) 
which was done in all branches of the Church 
in all areas of the Roman Empire for the first 
two hundred years of Church History? 

An interesting study on the Love Feast begins 
in Luke 22. There Jesus used two cups in the 
course of the meal. The first (vs. 15-18) is 
presented in the same manner as the bread 
and cup used for the Eucharist. If you compare 

The mode that most closely 

portrays what the Bible teaches Is 

the best and the preferred way of 

doing it. 

the commands used in the Gospels you will 
find that the symbol relating to the meal was 
treated by Jesus exactly like the symbol 
relating to His sacrificial death. Why is it so 
"clear" from the Gospels that Jesus intended 
for the Bread and Cup to be perpetuated, but it 
is "not clear" that a symbolic representation of 
a future meal was also to be continued? Both 
are treated equally in Luke 22. It should be no 
surprise to us to find the Love Feast continued 
(Continued on page 35) 

=^^^^^=Si=S BMH FEBRUARY '84 /^^S 

Studying to Serve 

by Sandy Farner 

Please meet one of the members of our church in Uber- 
landia, Brazil. Tiao is attending Word of Life Bible Institute 
in Sao Paulo state, and we are excited about the impact he 
will have on our church. 

Tiao, you are now studying at Word of Life Bible Institute. 
Two years ago did you imagine that today you would be 
studying theology? 

In order to be sincere, no! In 1981, I was serving in the 
military as a student in the NPOR (Nucleus of Preparation of 
Army Reserve Officials) and my goal was to be an officer and 
make that my career. At that time I still had not accepted 

Tell something about how you accepted Christ. 

Let me try to be brief. The first time I heard about Christ 
was in my brother's home. He was studying Revelation with 
the pastor. I became afraid because of what they were 
saying, so I began to maintain contact with them and to ask 
questions. When I was serving in the military, I had a friend 
who was a believer. He talked about Christ to everyone and I 
went with him a few times to his church. I began to attend a 
few activities in the Grace Brethren church, but I was still not 
firm in the Lord. In January of 1982, on a Saturday night, I 
decided not to go to a youth meeting at the pastor's home, 
but instead I went to a night spot. It was there that I saw the 
wrong things I was doing and the lost world I was in. I began 
to reflect on all that I had heard about Christ, and it was 
there in that night club that I accepted Christ. 

Tiao, tell us some more about the influences that led you to 
think about consecrating your life to serve Christ. 

I began to attend all the meetings (Sunday night, Sunday 
school, and other meetings) in the Grace Brethren church. I 
also began to study with Pastor Tim Farner. Awakened in 
me was the desire to be completely involved in the work of 
the Lord. Because of the dedication of the church people 
and working with my brethren, I began to see that the 
Lord's work brings a hope and a happiness very different 
from that which I had known. I decided to study 

I began to see 

that the Lord's 

work brings a 

hope and a 

happiness very 

different from 

that which 1 

had known. 


I plan to be a 

man who lives 

the Word of 


(FMS editor's note: Since 
ttiis interview, another of 
Tiao's sisters has accepted 
the Lord, /-/is brother 
Jose is the deacon of the 
church in Uber/andia, 
and his sister who went 
to be with the Lord, 
Maria, was featured in 
the Apr// 1983 issue of 
the HeraldJ 

at the Bible institute, and I received much encouragement 
from Pastor Tim and from my brother Jose and his wife, 
Isaseth, and from various brothers in Christ. 

Tiao, let's go back a few years. Tell us something about your 
family and the influences of your home, your parents, and 
how God today is having an impact on your family. 

IVIy family is traditionally Catholic (unhappily). We were 
always very close and always have helped each other in any 
way we could. The older brothers and sisters were examples 
for the younger ones. (Tiao is the youngest of 1 1 children.) 
From the time we were small, we began to work and to take 
responsibility in the family. My brothers and sisters are all 
married and have families. I learned a lot from them, mostly 
to be responsible. I received motivation to study, to work, 
and was surrounded by love and affection. I never knew my 
father. My mother, who also is no longer living, was a 
blessing that God put into my life. AN that I am I owe to 
her. Of my 10 brothers and sisters, one sister (who is now 
with the Lord) and one brother, Jose, are Christians. The 
others know God in the wrong way (Rom. 1:21). 

Are you liking the course at Word of Life? Tell us something 
about your life and studies now. 

Yes, I like it here, in spite of the fact that the course is hard. 
My life here is full of activities. I study, read books, work, 
practice sports, and wash and iron my clothes, but I also have 
time for social activities and recreation. I am doing well in 
my studies. I have a lot of work to do, extra reading, papers 
to write, and so forth. On the weekends I minister in a 
church in Sao Paulo. The school is very fundamental and 

The course is expensive. How are you able to pay for your 

You can say it is very expensive. And it is getting more 
expensive each semester (it increased 53 percent this 
semester!). But God is faithful, and the church, along with 
some of my brothers, are contributing regularly to pay for 
the course. 

Your job in the Bible institute also helps to pay for the 
course, doesn't it? 


What do you think about your future? What do you plan to 
do when you finish at Word of Life? 

That is rather hard to answer, because only God knows about 
tomorrow. But I plan to be a man who lives the Word of 
God. I want to get married and to work in the church, taking 
the Gospel of Jesus Christ to many. ■ 




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receive letters from people 
who have visited our fields. 
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by Edwin E. Cashman, Sr. 

Ever since I can remember- 
early 1930s— I have heard 
about, read about, and prayed 
for missions and missionaries 
in Central Africa. Dr. Floyd 
Taber, one of the medical 
missionaries whom God chose 
to use on the field, was my 
wife's uncle. Through his 
letters we gained further 
interest and insight into the 
African work. 

Our deep interest was 
further encouraged by our 
many contacts with Central 
African missionaries and 
national pastors through the 

years and more recently by 
my work with the Foreign 
Missionary Society as West 
Coast representative. 

Through the invitation of 
the Field Council (all mission- 
aries on the field), Bettie and I 
were led to consider a trip to 
Central Africa this past 
summer. Some generous gifts 
by members and friends of 
Bellflower Brethren Church 
made the trip a financial 

possibility, and we left Los 
Angeles on June 12, arriving in 
Bangui, Central African 
Republic, late on the evening 
of June 16. 

Having been met by Don 
Miller and Gary Austin, we 
were soon at the headquarters 
of the "Eglise Evangelique des 
Freres." Now we were really 
"guests" at the guest house for 
which we had praised God 
when it was built. Thanks to 




National leaders of the church work 

with missionaries to guide the 

growing African church. 

special arrangements with 
IVIAF (IVlissionary Aviation 
Fellowsliip), tlie plane was 
made available for transport- 
ing missionaries and guests 
even though the regular pilot, 
Larry Warnemeunde, was on 

Now let me share with you 
my impressions: 

The extreme poverty of the 

Nothing can prepare you in 
advance for that. We were 
invited to dinner in the home 
of Jean and Marie. Jean has 
been a long-time employee of 
the mission, and, as such, has 
a regular income. The home 
was much as we had 
expected— mud brick, with a 
metal roof and dirt floors. All 
cooking was done outdoors in 
a very primitive fashion. In 

The extreme amount of time 
which must be devoted to just 
the necessities of life— both on 
the part of the nationals and 
the missionaries. 

Nationals outside the capital 
city, and even many in Bangui, 
must grow gardens just for 
food enough to exist. These 
gardens are often some distance 
away from both their homes 

able to be repaired properly, 
leading to additional damage 
and further breakdowns. On 
one of our stations, the lone 
male missionary spends nearly 
80 percent of his daylight 
hours on maintenance projects. 
What a discouragement! 

The love of the missionaries 
for the people whom they 

With minimum comforts and 
maximum frustrations, we have 
a missionary force for which 
we can praise God. Although 
there still seems to be an 
element of distrust of the 
missionaries on the part of 
some nationals (one national 
leader declined an invitation 
to attend the Field Council 

The Guest House at Bangui houses 
visitors to the field. 

our honor they had two kinds 
of meat, several vegetables, 
and the crowning touch for a 
meal— warm orange soda pop. 
The dessert was a manioc con- 
coction much like "doughnut- 

and their water sources. Water inspirational sessions because 

must be carried, often long 
distances, for all usages, dis- 
couraging cleanliness among 
other things. 

With the scarcity of parts, 
mechanical things are seldom 

of this feeling on the part of 
others), the missionaries make 
every attempt to work with 
the national pastors and 

(Continued on page 14) 




(Continued from page 13) 

The tremendous amount of 
thievery and the rationalization 
of it, seemingly even among 

Culturally, if someone 
possesses an article which 
someone else wants, he just 
admires it and the owner is 
supposed to give it to the 
admirer. Since Americans are 
not culturally conditioned in 
that way, there seems to be a 
feeling that the custom can be 
unilaterally imposed. 

The terrible limitations to 

Even though we traveled 
mostly by MAP plane, we did 
take a journey to Bassai, the 
first Brethren mission station. 

Mud holes often hinder our 
missionaries' travels 

times the width of the entire 

Then there are the rains. 
Most roads (being of dirt) turn 
into mud, and there are rain 
barriers at regular intervals 
with attendants who are 
allowed to keep you from 
using the roads at all up to six 

Students are eager to learn, but more 
teachers and materials are needed. 

your destination. Your ability 
to travel is mostly at their 
determination (often whim). 

The tremendous amount of 
work yet to be done. 

We have churches, but they 
are often far apart. We have 
pastors, but they have so little 
in the way of biblical education 
and study materials and habits. 
We have great schools, but 
there are so few to teach, and 
so few who can afford to be 
students. We have Christians, 
but they have so much to 
learn by way of Christian 

Prayer for our missionary 
team and national workers in 
Central Africa is a sound 
investment of time. Gifts to 
support missionaries and 

by truck. That, along with 
two trips from Bata to Bozoum 
(for market and church), gave 
us a bouncing rendition of 
every-day transportation for 
our personnel. There are, of 
course, the chuck-holes— some- 

hours after rain stops. 

Then there are the police 
barriers. Officials may stop 
you at their pleasure at desig- 
nated points all over the 
country, to check your "docu- 
ments" and to inquire as to 

special projects are a most 
sound investment of our 
resources. And missionary 
candidates to expand our 
force and replace our retirees 
are an absolute essential to a 
mature African church. ■ 


Parlez Vous. . . ? 

by Dr. Dave and Karen Daugherty 

(In language study at Albertville, France) 

It's still rather dark outside. A quick look at the 
clock verifies my suspicion. It is 6 a.m.! That's 30 
minutes before the alarm will go off. 

The little voice sounds friendly. Who could be so 
cheerful this early? Our two-and-a-half-year-old 
Nathan! For the last 10 minutes, he's been rattling off 
names of his new friends— all children of the students 
at the Centre. "Then Jonathan and Barnaby can come 
and play with me and it will be fun!" 

Thus begins another day of language study for us 
in France. 

After a quick breakfast of french bread, confiture 
(jam), and perhaps an egg, we are off to chapel and 
then two and a-half hours of morning classes. 

Bernard, our teacher, patiently presents the passe 
compose (one of the past tense verb conjunctions). 
This grammar is really hard! Wait a minute, Bernard is 
going around the room . . . asking students questions 
. . . two more and then it's . . . "David, give me this 
sentence in the negative . . . ." Well, it could have 
been worse. 

This second period language lab isn't too bad, but I 
start to get cauliflower ears after 45 minutes and it 
really feels good to take off these headphones. Oh, 
no! It's time for conversation class and I have to give 
a little speech about my wedding day. How do you 
say June 17, 1972, in French? Fortunately lunch 
time arrives without further crisis. We sit at a table 
where we must speak only French. "Please pass la 
moutarde" (the mustard). Let's see now, what's the 
word for mashed potatoes? 

After lunch Karen feeds Sean, our four month old, 
and I try to find a quiet study place. Is that the bell 

Bernard gives us 20 new verbs and lots of new 
nouns, adjectives, and adverbs. How did he do that all 
in 45 minutes, in one class? Next it's language lab II 
and time to practice all this new vocabulary. At least 
these machines don't ask questions. 

Ah, the last class. Lots of variety at this time slot. 
Every day a different subject. Today we're studying 
Bible vocabulary. We've just finished a couple lessons 
on how to pray in French. I like this class because I 
can relax a little after such a busy . . . "You want me 
to pray, Bernard . . . you mean in French . . . ?" 
"Pere, merci pour...." Thus closes another ad- 
venturous day in our lives in France. ■ 

The Day After 

by Wendell Kent 

We'd had communion at our church 
that night. As always, the fellowship 
and love of the threefold service had 
left a warm feeling of joy and hope. 

Then we came home and turned on 
the television. It so happened that this 
was the night for the showing of 'The 
Day After," a chilling drama of the 
holocaust caused by a nuclear strike 
upon the U.S. Perhaps you were one 
of the millions who watched. 

I didn't get to sleep as quickly as 
usual that night. The horror, the hope- 
lessness, and the awful realization that 
we are only a push-button away from 
scenes that would be far worse than 
those we watched made sleep impos- 

This world does not offer much 
hope for the future. It is little wonder 
that many people are living one day at 
a time, grabbing the gusto, and block- 
ing out the unpleasant possibilities of 

Time would appear to be running 
out for society as we have known it. 
As the hopelessness sinks in to the 
consciousness of more and more of 
our neighbors, we who have a faith to 
cling to and a message of hope to de- 
liver are the fortunate ones. We had 
better get serious about telling this lost 
world the good news of salvation 
through Jesus Christ. ■ 

^^FlVfS FEBRUARY '84 10a^= 

by Liz Cutler ^ 

Promotional Secretary 

t was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of 
foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity , it was the season of Light, it 
was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had every- 
thing going for us, yet at times we had nothing going for us, we are all going direct to 'Heaven, 
while there are those who are going direct the other way, and there are those who are doing some- 
thing for those lost souls. 

There was a pastor full of spirited enthusiasm in the pulpit at Orrville (Ohio); there was a pastor full of 
gentle love in the pulpit at Port Richey (Florida). In both cities, it was clearer than crystal to the Fellowship (of 
Grace Brethren Churches) preserves of loaves and fishes, that things in general were settled for ever. Thus, they 
asked the people of these congregations to take on the full support of their pastors. This, then, is the tale of two 
churches and their road to self-support status. * 


The Gulfview Community Grace 
Brethren Church, Port Richey, Flori- 
da, began in the winter of 1978-1979 
when Lonnie Miller, a Grace Brethren 
layman, moved to Port Richey from 
St. Petersburg, Florida. He desired to see a Grace 
Brethren testimony established in the Ja-Mar Travel- 
park, which he owned. A winter Bible class was estab- 
lished and by late 1980, the group was ready to caU a 
full-time pastor. 

The new church has rapidly become one of the 
most unique in the FGBC, because of its trailer park 
location. During the winter months, attendances 
soar to more than 200. But come summer, it is a good 
Sunday if 50 people are there. All the while, the 
membership has never reached more than 40. 

"To be very honest, I wondered if this work was 
going to make it because it's so unusual with the large 
number of people that are here for six months of the 
year, wliich gives a false impression of the size of the 
church," admits Pastor Jim Poyner, who has led the 
flock since January 1981. 

He feels a significant core of people committed to 
the Lord and to the local testimony has been a key to 

going self-supporting. "We struggled with that for the 
first couple of years here," he adds. 

Many of the "snowbirds" (winter residents) who 
attend the service of Gulfview Community GBC are 
also active in churches in their home areas. But God 
has sent "pillars" who are committed to working with 
a developing ministry, according to Poyner. 

"I think that's what's helped us go self-supporting," 
the pastor adds. "They are a special kind of people 
who want to work with a home mission church and 
pastor and are willing to say, 'we'll put up without a 
nursery or all the programs and sit on hard chairs,'" 
he adds. 

Poyner has found a spirit of joy to be an impor- 
tant factor. "A church goes through phases of 
emotions, just like families and humans do," he 
notes. "There are times when there are real struggles 
and there're times when there is real joy. We just 
sense that loyalty and that spirit of joy." 

He also feels the Lord has given them a financial 
indication to go self-supporting. "At the beginning of 
the summer, I anticipated about a $4,000 to $5,000 
deficit, with all our northern people going back," he 
notes. So the church people were asked to give spe- 




cifically to the general fund. 

"They laid aside their goals for the building fund," 
he says. "We were able to leave the summer without a 
deficit." In the meantime, they passed the $76,000 
mark in giving to the building fund. "Financially, the 
Lord has confirmed this (self-supporting) would be a 
good step," the pastor stresses. 

The people also felt the critical financial situation 
with the Grace Brethren Home Missions Council. "We 
sensed that we could be a help to do our part to make 
a way to give support to other churches. We feel a 
part of the Home Mission team, so if we could help, 
we want to do that." 

January 1 marked the third anniversary of the 
church. It also saw the celebration of going self- 

They have also begun work on a new building, 
located adjacent to the trailer park. The first phase 
is a 400-seat sanctuary, with limited Sunday school 
space, since many of their attenders come only for 
the worship service. An educational unit will be buUt 
later, and a third phase is being planned. 

"I like the philosophy that says any church can 
grow if they find people who are hurting and help 
meet that hurt," says the pastor. "We concentrate on 
being a caring famOy." 

Pastor Jim and Charlotte Poyner, and their children, in front of the trailer park where the 
Gulfview Community Grace Brethren Church meets. 


Only a little more than a year after its 
first worship service as a Home Mission 
point, the Grace Brethren Church of 
Orrville, Ohio, is going self-supporting. 
Pastor Keith Merriman says he has 
been emphasizing the need to be self-supporting since 
August, but, at the same time, it hasn't received a lot 
of attention. 

"The focus has been on hving every day for 
Christ," he says. "I'm not diminishing the excitement 
of it. It's just a duty we feel, as large as we are, that is 
a responsibility. 

He does not take credit for reaching any goals to 
be on their own. "The fact that people have been out 
winning people to Christ has made all the difference," 


he notes. "Because of the growth of the church, the 
finances have grown." 

The church began as a Bible study taught by Art 
Sprunger, a former pastor at the Sterling, Ohio, Grace 
Brethren Church, located a few miles away. Ike 
Graham, missionary appointee with Grace Brethren 
Foreign Missions and associate pastor at the Homer- 
ville, Ohio, Grace Brethren Church, later became its 
teacher. By the spring of 1982, 22 adults and 21 chil- 
dren were ready to fomi a church. Merriman, who 
had just graduated from Grace Theological Seminary, 
Winona Lake, Indiana, accepted the call to be the 
pastor/teacher and preached the first sermon on May 

Attendances have grown from that core of more 
than 40 people, to more than 200. "The people have 


Communion is a very special time for the Orrvllle Grace Brethren family. 

really done the work," notes Merriman. "They keep 
bringing people to church to hear the Gospel," he 
adds. On any given Thursday night, at least a dozen 
people are on visitation, contacting those who have 
been coming to the church. 

"There's an emphasis on praying for the unsaved," 
stresses the pastor. Members are also given an oppor- 
tunity to share their testimonies each Sunday eve- 
ning and to encourage others in the faith. 

"The philosophy of the church is to fulfill the 
Great Commission," says Keith. "Of course, the first 
step in that is evangelism." 

A Wednesday niglit program has a strong emphasis 
on youth, along with two classes for adults. "That has 
been a real opportunity for us to bring their friends 
into the church," notes Keith. 

The enthusiastic pastor describes his congregation 
as "exciting! They are determined to reach people for 
Jesus Christ," he says. "The people are excited about 
learning the Word of God and being challenged to do 
what the New Testament urges us to do." He cites the 
five men on his board-Bob Mitchell, George Peters, 
Craig Winey, Keith Geiser. and BiU Kallberg-as the 
spark behind it all. "They're really determined to live 

for Christ," he says. "It's really catching!" 

Despite its young age, the Orrville Grace Brethren 
Church has its sights set high. "One of our goals is to 
have one member from our church in all the foreign 
mission fields with Grace Brethren Foreign Missions, 
and also down the road, one family, or one person, 
from our church in every state planting churches," he 
says. He emphasizes "that's our total long range 

Already, the first fruits are becoming apparent. 
One young lady, Robin Miller, is a student at Grace 
College, preparing for missionary service. Her older 
sister, Valerie, a graduate of Ohio State University, 
has enrolled in the Euro-Missions Institute, with the 
goal of serving in missions. The church also supports 
the Trevor Craigens (Europe), the James Hines 
(Africa), and the Ike Grahams, although none are 
members of their congregation, as well as a staff 
member of Campus Crusade for Christ. 

They are now in the process of purchasing land 
west of town and constructing a permanent building. 
(They presently meet in North Street Elementary 
School.) It's all a part of their vision to reach Orrville 
for Jesus Christ. 

II these things came to pass in the dear old year one thousand nine hundred and eighty-three. The 
two pastors carried their divine calling with a high hand, and looked ahead to the roads that lay 
before them.* ■ 



'Adapted from A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens 


NcTifS update 

Eagle River Goes Self -Supporting 

FLASH! The Grace Brethren Home Missions 
Council has received word that the Eagle River, 
Alaska, Grace Brethren Church voted to go self- 
supporting, effective January 1. A letter from the 
church arrived at the Council offices in Winona Lake, 
Indiana, during the last week of December. 

"God has richly blessed our work to the extent we 
no longer need to be a 
financial liability to the 
Home Missions Council,'^ 
the letter, signed by the 
elder board and dated 
December 18, said. 

The church is a little 
more than a year old and 
has been carrying on an 
active ministry to the community ever since Pastor 
John Gillis arrived on the field in the fall of 1982. 

Eagle River is located northeast of Anchorage. 

Watch for additional information on this exciting 
development in a future edition of the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald. 

Emch to Pastor New Work 

Daryle Emch, former pastor at the Grace Brethren 
Church of St. Petersburg, Florida, has accepted the 
call to pastor the new home mission work at Marion, 
Ohio, according to Rev. William W. Smith, eastern 
field secretary for the Grace Brethren Home Missions 



The Marion group has been meeting since early 
1983 and recently came under the Council for admin- 

Emch ministered at St. Petersburg from June 
1979, to November 1983. Prior to that, he served as 
an intern pastor at the Grace Brethren Church of 
Greater Columbus, Ohio, as interim pastor at the 
Southwest Grace Brethren Church of Columbus, 
Ohio, and as youth pastor at the Grace Brethren 
Church of West Kittanning, Pennsylvania. 

A native of Rittman, Ohio, he graduated from 
Grace College in 1973 and Grace Theological Semi- 
nary in 1979. During his college and seminary years, 
he was active in many types of ministry teams and 
served in various positions of student leadership. 

He and his wife, Janet, have two children— Faith 
and David. 

Dunlap Named Stewardship Director 

Russel H. Dunlap, Elkhart, Indiana, has been 
named director of the Grace Brethren Stewardship 

He began his ministry in mid-January, and will be 
traveling throughout the Fellowship of Grace Breth- 
ren Churches promoting planned giving to both Home 
and Foreign Missions in the future. 

Until recently, he was vice president and general 
manager of Continental Industries in Elkhart, a posi- 
tion he held since 1971. Prior to that, he was business 
manager for Grace Schools, Winona Lake, Indiana, 
from 1962 to 1971 and regional manager of the RCA 
Service Co., Boston, Maine, from 1948 to 1962. 

He served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946, 
including one year in Japan after the close of World 
War II. He has also been actively involved in Christian 
Businessmen's Committee (CBMC) in Boston, and 
Warsaw and Elkhart, Indiana. 

He and his wife, Phyllis, have four children- 
Bradley Dunlap, Beth E. Barnat, Barbara J. Kern, and 
Brian S. Dunlap. They are members of the Osceola, 
Indiana, Grace Brethren Church. 

Dr. Lester E.Pifer 


Pastors of three recently self-supporting home mission churches and the 
executive secretary of the Grace Brethren Home Missions Council spoke to 
students of Grace Schools recently about building a church. It was part of a 
Home Missions Conference sponsored by the GBHMC for Grace College and 
Grace Theological Seminary students on January 24 through 27. 
Speaking during chapel sessions at both schools 
were Rev. John Snow, pastor of the Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Irasburg, Vermont; Dr. John Mayes, 
pastor of the Grace Brethren Church, Longview, 
Texas; Rev. Keith Merriman, pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church of Orrville, Ohio; and Dr. Lester 
E. Pifer, executive secretary of the GBHMC. 

Both the Irasburg and the Longview churches 
have been self-supporting since October, 1983; 
while the Orrville church went self-supporting on 
January 1, 1984. 

. John Mayes 
Rev. John Snow 






by Gary IMolan, Pastor 

Coast Community Grace Brethren Church 

Laguna Niguel, California 

One of the best places to start a new church is to 
go to a popular community where people are moving. 
That's what the Grace Brethren Home Missions 
Council did in starting the Coast Community Grace 
Brethren Church of Laguna Niguel and in sending 
Gary Nolan as its pastor. 

Laguna Niguel is a beautiful, fast-growing com- 
munity in the southern tip of Orange County with 
two miles of beach, rolling hills and plenty of unde- 
veloped land on which to build new homes. In 1980, 
the population was 19,423 and by 1989, it is pro- 
jected to be around 32,000. The four cities around 
it— South Laguna, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, 
and Laguna Hills— are also experiencing similar 
growth. It is a popular area because of the beaches, 
beauty and the many corporations moving into the 

The words "Laguna Niguel" are of Spanish origin. 

Pastor Gary Nolan leads 
a worship service. 

"Laguna" means lagoon and "Niguel" is derived from 
the name of an old Indian village in the area called 

In 1769, Spain became the owner of California 
under the laws of the indies. As a result, many 
missions were established in the area, including San 
Juan Capistrano in 1776. In 1782, the state became 
Mexican territory, and many "ranchos" were formed 
in Southern California, including Randno Niguel, 
using the name of the Indian village. During this 
period, Rancho Niguel was used primarily as a sheep 
ranch. Then in 1848, when the treaty of Guadelupe 
Hidelgo was signed, California became the United 
States Territory, and Rancho Niguel became Laguna 
Niguel because of its Indian heritage and the lagoon 
coast line. 

God has been putting together His plan, leading 
Gary, his wife (Gail), and their daughter (Julie), along 
with the GBHMC to start a church in this expanding 

The Nolans moved from Alta Loma, where Gary 
was the pastor of the Grace Brethren Church there, to 
begin the work at Laguna Niguel. It was a similar 
move to one they made six years before to begin the 
Alta Loma church. 

Gary was fortunate to have a brother and a sister 
living in the south Orange County area, who wanted 
to help him in starting the new church. This gave 
them a total of three families to begin the new work. 

After meeting in homes for a couple of months, 
they decided to rent the auditorium of the Crown 




After a morning worship, tlie congregation of the 
Coast Community Grace Brethren Church gathers for fellowship. 

Valley Elementary School, located on the main street 
in town, to hold Sunday morning worship services. 
The school is a great neutral place for them to meet 
in the community. 

Since its inception, the church has seen a number 
of families added to the fellowship. Each seems to 
have their own particular needs to be met and their 
own individual reasons why God led them to be a 
part of the new church. Some were Christians with- 
out a church home and wanted to be a part of a new 
work in a growing community. Others met the 
Saviour through the testimony of Gary. There are a 
number of people who had made a decision for Christ 
sometime in their past, but never had anyone teach 
them the elementary principles of the Word of God, 
so they could grow as Christians. And, there are 
families who have just moved into the community 
and were looking for a church home. Gary has been 
discipling each husband and wife personally with a 
Bible study in their own homes. 

The church makes contacts in the community a 
number of ways, each producing some fruit. The pas- 
tor goes door-to-door, inviting people to services and 
looking for those he can minister to. At times, his 
brother, John, goes with him. The church advertises 
in the local newspapers and yellow pages and has 
mass-mailed brochures announcing special series, such 
as: "Stress," "Family," and "Success in Life." Church 
families also invite friends and neighbors to the serv- 

God has great plans for this young congregation. 

There are seven churches now in the area and only 
two are evangelical. There is plenty of room for the 
Coast Community Grace Brethren Church to grow 
and plenty of people to reach for Christ. ■ 

(GBHMC editor's note: Gary Nolan is a graduate of 
Biola College and Western Graduate School of 
Theology. In addition to ministering at Laguna Niguel 
and Alta Loma, California, he has also served on the 
staff of the North Long Beach Brethren Church, Long 
Beach, California, and at several Baptist churches.) 

Sunday school lessons are an all-important part of 
Coast Community GBC's ministry. 


By Don Soule 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 

Anderson, South Carolina 

We live in a world that is rapidly changing. WitI 
each new day comes the possibility of new wars o 
acts of terrorism. Other issues such as poverty 
famine, economic instability, and moral an( 
ethical decline bombard the average individual 
For many, these issues of life bring great fear anc 
anxiety and a sense of hopelessness. It would bi 
reasonable to say that many Christians an 
engulfed in this overwhelming emotion of fear. I 
this fear is allowed to exist in our lives, it wil 
make us ineffective in God's service and cast ui 
into a dark and lonely depression. 

God's Word tells us that by exercising the gift 
He has given us, we can combat this fear. Being ; 
young pastor, I can identify with Timothy as Pan 
wrote to him concerning his spiritual gift. He says 
"Wherefore, I put thee in remembrance that thoi 
stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the pul 
ting on of my hands. For God hath not given u 
the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and o 
a sound mind" (II Tim. 1:6-7). Herein lies th 
answer for overcoming fear: the spirit of power, o 
love, and of a sound mind. 

To overcome this fear that Satan desires to cap 
tivate us with, God has given us the spirit o 
power. The word "power" has the sense of a givei 
ability. This would agree with the precedin] 
verses which speak of God's gift to Timothy. Th 
spiritual gifts are God-given abilities to perforr 
various tasks. Therefore, God has given us powe 
to perform certain tasks and has placed Hi 
stamp of authority on them. If we are not "stii 
ring up the gift," so to speak, we will endanger ou 
lives with a spirit of fear and cowardice, shrinkim 
away from our God-given responsibility. It i 
when we realize that our ability is from God am 
that we must use it that we really begin to W 
secure in Him. 

This God-given ability (power) must be exei 
cised in love. It is true there are times when coil 
frontation on issues or sin result in the lack (| 
reconciliation between individuals. However, lov 
must still confront - but it must be done Godj 

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ay. I am reminded of II Timothy 2:24-25, "And 
le servant of the Lord must not strive; but be 
entle unto all men, apt to teach, in meeliness in- 
ructing those that oppose themselves, if God, 
eradventure will give them repentance to the 
bknowledging of the truth." As we exercise this 
ve, we find fear is no longer an issue in our lives, 
ecause one of the chief characteristics of love is 
lat it "seeketh not her own" (I Cor. 13:5). If we 
re doing God's work rather than seeking our 
wn desires, fear will be eliminated because fear 
ijvolved around self. As we consider the source of 
ar love, God the Father, we have confidence that 
II which comes to us has first passed through His 
and. He loves us with a perfect love, so why fear? 
In the battle against fear we have been given 
le spirit of a sound mind. A sound mind can be 
escribed as one that is disciplined and full of 
isdom and good judgment. If our lives are not 
isciplined it is because of an undisciplined mind. 
; seems that many believers today have a double- 
linded lifestyle that James says will cause a per- 
3n to be unstable in all his ways. With this in- 
tability, there comes fear, for we have no plan of 
ttack. Some steps to a sound mind are: 

1. Seek the mind of Christ (Phil. 2:5-8). 

2. Bring every thought into captivity (II Cor. 

3. Evaluate priorities. 

4. Determine a course of action. 

In seeking the mind of Christ, we need to have 
le same attitude toward service that He did — 
utting others first. Second, we must guard our 
linds by bringing every thought into captivity so 
liat we will not be polluted with sin. Third, we 
eed to look at our priorities and reevaluate them 
1 terms of God's will, which should be foremost, 
ourth, we must determine a course of action — 
whether it be plans for further education, short- 
nd long-range goals, or daily and weekly 
chedules. These all require discipline and the em- 
lowering of God's Spirit to accomplish. 

The key to overcoming fear is to be busy about 
lod's work using the gifts He has given. First, 
letermine your gifts. You can do this by having a 
ood understanding of what the gifts are and ex- 
mining your life with advice from other Chris- 
ians. Then exercise that gift in the spirit of 
tower, of love, and of a sound mind. ■ 

(Editor's Note - Don Soule has been the pastor 
f the Anderson, South Carolina, Grace Brethren 
:hurch since May, 1983. Prior to that, he served 
s associate pastor there for five years. A 
raduate of Washington Bible College, he and his 
I'ife, Cindy, have one daughter, Carrie Ann, eight 
fionths old.) 

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box 587- Winona Lahe.lN ■ 46590 



DThe Big Valley Grace Community Church, Modes- 
to, CA, is hosting an Evangelism Explosion III Inter- 
national Leadership Clinic, April 27-May 2, 1984. 
The church has successfully employed the Evangelism 
Explosion training program for the past five years and 
is one of the three West Coast clinic locations. Any 
pastor or lay person interested in attending should 
contact Evangelism Explosion direct: Evangelism 
Explosion III International, P.O. Box 23820, Fort 
Lauderdale, FL 33307 (Tel. 305/973-7710). 

D John Willett, formerly associate pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church of Columbus, OH, is now the senior 
pastor of the Westover Presbyterian Church in 
Greensboro, NC. It is an independent church and has 
approximately 500-700 attenders. John had been the 
associate pastor of the Columbus church for 1 1 years 
and also served the Fellowship as a board member of 
the Christian Education department. He began his 
new ministry in January. 

D Larry Edwards was ordained to the Christian minis- 
try at the Bethel Brethren Church, Berne, IN. " To 
emphasize the privilege and responsibility of the local 
church in ordination, the deacons of the church con- 
ducted most of the service. Blaine Bailey, a layman 
and deacon gave the message. Pastors Galen Lingen- 
felter and Keith IVlegilligan participated in the serv- 

n Dave Hobert, missionary to France, reported that 
"On November 27, eight men and seven women par- 
ticipated in the first communion service of the Le 
Creusot-IVlontceau, France, church-planting effort, 
which began just a little more than one year ago. It 
was encouraging to see the eager anticipation of new 
Christians to participate in the threefold celebration. 
When footwashing was explained to one of the 
women, she remarked, 'There are lots of things I'm 
not very good at doing, but I can wash feet.' When 
Eric, a college student, heard that the communion 
service had three parts, he commented, 'Now that's 
original.' It was heartwarming to hear Eric pray dur- 
ing the footwashing to thank the Lord for this picture 
of daily cleansing. "-Dai/e Hobert and Dave Griffith, 

On December 10, many friends and contacts of 
the Le Creusot-Montceau Bible study enjoyed an eve- 
ning Christmas concert given by Dave Griffith (vocal), 
and Susie Hobert (piano) at Novotel, a hotel between 
the two cities." 

D Dan Grabill has accepted the call to be the senior 
pastor at the Centerville Grace Brethren Church, lo- 
cated in the southern suburbs of Dayton, OH. Dan 
has served as interim pastor since last May. He will 
continue as chairman of the Bible Department at the 
Dayton Christian High School until June of this year. 
Dan had been interim pastor when the church was 
officially organized in 1976. In returning to the 
church as senior pastor, he brings many years of 
learning, experience, and a deep commitment to the 
Lord. He is a graduate of Grace College and Grace 
Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, IN, and served 
as national director of Grace Brethren youth in 1966 
to 1967. 

DThe First Grace Brethren Church of Dayton, OH, 
began the New Year at their new location on Stone- 
quarry Road. 

It all began in October when some very important 
decisions were made to sell their Earlham Street 
building. Within a week they purchased a school 
facility, located on ten acres of land, near the Dayton 
International Airport and 1-70. They had the month 
of December to prepare the building for occupancy, 
which had been done by many dedicated workers. 
The new address is 2624 Stonequarry Rd., Dayton, 
OH 45414. (Please change your /Annua/) 


A six-month subscription to the Herald is given to newiyweds 
whose addresses are supplied by the officiating minister. 

The following weddings were performed In the Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Long Beach, CA. Lloyd Rinks, pastor: 

Joan Fauble and Ralph Justiniano 

Sue Freeman and Bud Antlsdel 

Melanie Graham and Jay Shabica 

Debbi Hahn and Mark Andrews 

Katrlna Kleve and Chuck KIrtz 

Karen Phillips and Doug McMahon 

Sissy Pieperelt and Dave Wells 

Sandy Seidet and Bob Koldow 

Valerie Verkade and Bob Caulk 

Dana Walker and Neil Cole 

Marilyn Wieting and Ray Kummerfeld 

Ruth Woerz and Bill Haney 

Laurel Youngberg and Steve Kutcher 
Cindy Brant and Robert Ralph, First Brethren Church, 
Johnstown, PA. Charles Martin, pastor. 

Peggy Clendenning and Bruce Martin, Grace Brethren Church, 
Osceola, IN. Ward Miller, pastor. 

Janice Dillon and Tim Gordon, Patterson Memorial Church, 
Roanoke, VA. Ron Thompson, pastor. 

Sharon Fraunfelter and Mike Swanson, Grace Brethren 
Church, Homerville, OH. Robert Holmes, pastor. 
Sharon Oyler and Keith Brobst, Grace Brethren Church, 
Winchester, VA. Gerald Allebach, pastor. 
Jennifer Skelton and Gary Kauffman, First Brethren Church, 
Johnstown, PA. Charles Martin, pastor. 

Stephanie Stevenson and Andy Shelton, Patterson Memorial 
Church, Roanoke, VA. Ron Thompson, pastor. 
Ginger Struky and Richard Eten, First Brethren Church, 
Johnstown, PA. Charles Martin, pastor. 


(Continued on page 36) 



hoping to help in Christian ed, 
youth, and church growth 

GBC Christian Education 

Box 365, Winona Lake, Indiana (219)267-6622 

Roy Halberg, President • Ed Lewis, Director of Youth Ministries • Brad Skiles, Director of Administration 

Whatever Happened to Compliments? 

Brad Skiles (left) talks with Ed Lewis 

Ed: How are you enjoying your four- and five-year-old class at 

Brad: If s a lot of fun. Patti and I teach together. Last fall we felt like 
quitting but now we really like it. 

Ed: Why the change in attitude? 

Brad: We started out knowing nothing about teaching that age 
group. So with time our methods have improved. But I think 
what really helped were the comments from parents. Just 
after we began to question our effectiveness, parents began 
to tell us good things — how their kids were excited about 
coming and how they repeated the stories and verses at 
home. From our observations, we felt like we were not ac- 
complishing anything. The comments from the parents, 
however, gave us a truer picture of our effectiveness and 
motivated us to do even better. 







That's a great example of what should happen in every church. And yet it seems rare. Usually, if anything goes wrong you 
hear about it. But when things go well, you hear nothing. That's not biblical. As Christians, we should be generous in com- 

If s almost like Christians are afraid if they compliment someone, that person will get puffed up. 

I think people associate compliments with flattery. Flattery happens when personal gain is the motive. Flattery is wrong; 
sincere compliments are needed. 

They're needed for encouragement and for directing people in their strengths. As people exercise their gifts and talents, 
the church can use compliments to say, "this is your giff' or "continue to develop this strength." I see this ministry of direc- 
tion and encouragement happening in our CE office. Notes are frequently passed to staff members encouraging one 
another in his or her work. 

Compliments also prevent us from thinking we are a oneman ministry. I couldn't do half or even a quarter of what I'm ac- 
complishing if it wasn't for my secretary, Denise Crubb. She's a terrific help. 

We could name every staff member in the same way, but a slightly different example is Bruce Barlow, our CE Youth Pro- 
grams Editor. His work from Martinsburg, Pennsylvania, is helping us accomplish a ministry that we don't have time to do 
in Winona. 



The list is quite long. So many people work behind the 
scenes in helping CE succeed. If s humbling to realize one 
will never be effective without help from others. 
Part of our success here is the commitment each staff per- 
son has in making everybody else successful. There's not 
a competitiveness, but rather a desire to help another 
person excel. 

And that should happen in the local church too. Instead 
of criticizing someone with problems, we should work 
hard at making that person successful and encouraging 
him in his present ministry or helping him find his 

What a neat compliment it would be to have said of 
someone, "You verbalize praise well and seek to make 
others successful." That should be our goal. 

Thank you, FCBC, for encouraging us and allowing us to 

minister! Ed & Brad 



We're Thankful for Our Staff 

SMM Coordinator - Sue Rike 

Timothy Teams Coordinator - Kevin Huggins 

Administrative Assistant in Youth - Denise Grubb 

CE Youth Programs Editor - Bruce Barlow 

Timothy Teams Assistant Coordinator — Steve Garda 

BNYC Assistant Director - Dan Thornton 

Administrative Assistant - Carmen Franchino 

Financial Assistant - Mark Cooper 

Production Assistant - Valerie Byers 

Adult Bible Fellowships - John Teevan 
Children's Ministries - Lonnle Skiles 
Church Growth - Randy Bowman, Howard Downing, 

Bob Fetterhoff 
Sanctity of Life - Don Shoemaker 
Women's Discipleship - Margie Brubaker 
Youth Strategy and Evangelism - Dave Bogue 

Teaching Through 
Life Experiences 

ci "LUe (or-o.«sir-ofi9t.« • Rsbt^ucour-y I^S*y- 




When God talked to parents in Deuteronomy 6:6-7, He told them to teach His commands 
(structured and planned) to their children and talk of His commands (spontaneous and life-related) 
as they sit at home, walk outside, go to bed in the evening, and get up in the morning. 

Both styles of teaching are needed. But often, if s the casual times of learning and sharing that 
stick. Spontaneous teaching reinforces what is taught during structured times. This sharing of 
spiritual truths as they are encountered, brings Christianity out of the classroom and into the 
mainstream of life. 

It works and is needed. Parents need such sharing with their children. Husbands need to con- 
verse like this with their wives. Disciplers need this kind of teaching with those they are molding. 

Don't "overkill" life, drawing a lesson from everything! But do share and observe life with 

Here are some suggestions for how parents can teach their children through life experiences: 

1. When you pay your bills - talk about obligations to others and how the laborer is 
worthy of his hire. 

2. When you give offerings — explain the procedure and how you give a systematic 
percentage each week. Share why ifs on the first day of the week and encourage 
children to have their own offering envelopes. 

3. When family members disagree — explain how disagreements are handled, without 
contempt or bitterness, but seeking God's will together. Pray together. When there 
is a tie vote and minds cannot be changed, explain why the father is ultimately 

4. When you compliment the other — talk about what you love about your mate in 
front of the kids. It will help them look for the same qualities in their mate some 
day. Be specific. Do this in private and also in front of your mate. 

5. When you are out ministering — don't share confidences, but tell why you visited 
somebody or what your concerns are for people and why you care instead of just 
watching television. 

6. On trips - look for things that call attention to God's miraculous design. Take turns 
pointing out observations. 

7. When it's morning and nobody wants to get up - talk about self-discipline. (Then 
get up!) 

8. When you feel sad — tell them why. Children notice your emotions. Sharing your 
concerns and how you will regain your joy helps them learn the reality of life and 
how to leave burdens with God. 

9. When you're reading the Bible by yourself — just saying, "Look what I found!" gets 

10. Signs of storm or sunny weather - apply Matthew 16:1-3 and talk about the signs of 
Christ's return. 

GBC Christian Education • Box 365 • Winona Lake, Indiana • 46590 



Honor certificates were given to those SMM groups that completed all 
their local organizational goals for the 1982-83 year. Some of those goals 
were: each active member completed at least one goal other than 
membership; the group completed a missionary handwork project; 
district and national offerings were given; the group attended at least 
one district rally; they took part in an annual church SMM presentation; 
each member had her own handbook. 

For the 1982-83 SMM year, there were 56 churches who had at least 
one group qualify for the honor certificate. One hundred and nine groups 
across the Fellowship were honored. 

The following churches had all four of their groups qualify for Honor 

Ephrata, PA, GBC 
Fremont, OH, GBC 
Norwalk, CA, GBC 
Hopewell, PA, GBC 

Johnstown, PA, GBC 

South Bend, IN, Ireland Rd. GBC 

Roanoke, VA, Patterson Memorial GBC 

Thanks girls for showing us an example of good works! 

GBC Christian Education's 

National Youth Worker's Conference 

Four Speakers With Help For 
Counseling Parents and Teens 

Ed Lewis, Director of 
Youth Ministries for 
CBC Christian Educa- 

Dr. Ross Campbell, 
M.D., psychiatrist and 
author of the books 
How to Really Love 
Your Child and How 
to Really Love Your 

Rory Wineka, Division 
Pastor of Youth 
Ministries at The 
Chapel in Akron, 

Kevin Muggins, 

Chaplain at Grace Col- 
lege and Timothy 
Team Coordinator for 
CBC Christian Educa- 

April 9-13, 1984 


Ridgecrest Baptist Conference Center, 
Ridgecrest, North Carolina. Located in the 
picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains, the 
conference center is 18 miles east of 
Asheville, North Carolina. 

Special Series and Features: 

-How to Really Love Your Teenagers, 

Dr. Ross Campbell 
-How Big Is Your Cod, Rory Wineka 
-Teenage Foolishness, Kevin Muggins 
Symposium on Real Life Youth 

Ministry Problems, Ed Lewis 


Husband/Wife Relationships 

Youth Pastors' Wives 

Effective Ministries to Post Hi and Singles 

Recruiting and Training Youth Sponsors 

Handling Cliques 

Developing Leadership in Youth 

Helping Kids Grasp a Burden for People 

And More! 


Total cost of the conference is $185 . 
Preregistration is $85 due by March 1, 1984 
with the balance due at arrival. A $10 late 
fee will be charged for registration after 
March 1, 1984. 

Call or write GBC Christian Education for 
more information and a scdedule of the 






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"As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the 
word, that ye may grow thereby:" {1 Peter 2:2) 

Jfisstonary mniidays 

APRIL 1984 

(If no address is listed, the address can be found on pages 31-33 of 
ttie Grace Brethren AnnuaU 


Mary Hannah Green April 2, 1981 

Lois Burl< April 9, 1969 

Rev. Norman Johnson April 15 

Miss Barbara Hulse April 27 

Mrs. Sandy Farner April 29 

Jonathan Farner April 29, 1971 


Suzanne Mensinger April 9, 1969 

Steve Vnasdale April 17, 1970 

Miss Evelyn Tschetter April 29 


Treleen Craigen April 6, 1970 

Nathan Daugherty April 13, 1981 


Daniel Pappas April 16, 1981 


Miss Edna Haak April 1 

Rev. J. Keith Altig April 9 

Mrs. Lenora Williams April 15 

©ffering ©pportunity 


Refurbishing of McClain Auditorium 

Goal: $10,000 

Send before March 10, 1984 

Plus, since SMM is tfie fieart of \NMC {and Valentine's Day is coming up) . 

National SMM Offering 

SMM Girl-of-the-Year Scholarship and sponsorship of Director of SMM 

Goal: $7,000 (suggested minimum of $1.50 a year per member) 

Send before March 10, 1984 

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by Ruth Burns 

Winona Lake, Indiana 

I met a lady briefly on a Sunday afternoon. 

It was a one-time meeting, and the time went by so 

She could not rise to greet me, as she lay upon her 

Nor do things that seem so easy, like roll curlers in 

her hair. 
She could not cook a meal, or sew a little seam. 
But walk only with a cane, and on her husband lean. 
Her left side was immobile, but the look upon her 

Left me with such a memory, that time will not erase. 
When asked a simple question, not a single trace of 

But a lovely little laughter that filled the very room. 
Her mate received quick witty quips to everything he 

Praise the Lord, first words I heard her say, as upon 

the chair she laid. 
There was a special glow that radiated in the air. 
I left there so encouraged just for having been right 

It was a one-time meeting as I previously have said. 
For upon the rising sunset she was on a hospital bed. 
No longer could she answer or spill laughter as before. 
The other side lay lifeless, a stroke had hit once more. 
As I pen these words the truth seems plain. 
That she with Christ real soon will reign. 
Realization this brings to my mind and heart. 
Thank You, Lord, for daily strength You impart. 
I praise You for the health you give to me. 
For the power to walk, and talk, and to see. 
For the use of my hands just to feed. 
My feet to carry me when this is a need. 
For the feeling of warmth from the sun and the 

And my voice to sing a glad, glorious tune. 
Thank You for sending LaVerne my way. 
That I might be thankful each and every day. 
It was a chance meeting, oh so rare. 
The blessings of God in an hour to share. 
Help me see sunshine in midst of the rain. 
Patience for strength in time of deep pain. 
Guidance when feeling despondent and blue. 
Knowing my Saviour controls all that we do. ■ 

Some WMC councils across the States share 
what they have been doing in their groups: 

— "We have done several things: 1) gave a 
large-print Bible to a 92-year-old woman in a 
nursing home; 2) gave a subscription to a Chris- 
tian woman's magazine to our missionary in 
Mexico; 3) bought Bible-reading tapes for 
several ladies who are nearly blind; and 4) went 
two-by-two to visit a dear Christian shut-in in a 
nearby nursing home."— Ankenytown, OH 

— "We held a seminar for all the ladies in 
our church called 'Being My Best.' The pro- 
gram had three parts: 1) learning to wear colors 
best for us; 2) skin care and make-up; and 3) 
a study on women in the Bible and examples 
they set. A salad luncheon was provided."— 
Davenport, I A 

— "Our WMC annually sponsors a Mother- 
Daughter banquet/dinner. This year we enlisted 
the assistance of SMM girls. The Amigas set up, 
decorated the tables, and served as hostesses 
during the dinner. The Lumieres made carna- 
tion corsages for each guest. The Maxis were en- 
couraged to sit with their Minis and her mom. 
The joint effort was great. We had 92 in attend- 
ance and one personal decision for Christ was 
made! What a blessing!"— Ff. Myers, Florida 

— "Rather than have an offering for the 
missionary residence, we had a shower. Gifts 
included mixers, many paper products, and 
mattress pads."— Berne, Indiana 

— One WMC circle has a large poster made 
each month by one of the WMC ladies. It serves 
as a great reminder for the meetings. ■ 





Left to right: Richard Mayhue, James Greer, and William Male 

Ron Guiles (left), and Dave Miller (right). 

James Custer speaks with two students 

The traditional way to draw distinguished alumni 
into active roles at an institution is to ask them for 
financial and moral supprt. At Grace Theological 
Seminary we have taken a step beyond tradition in 
using our graduates' talents in a special visiting com- 
mittee program. 

Earlier this year, the Seminary Alumni Executive 
Committee voted to proceed with an innovative pro- 
gram to evaluate the effectiveness of our seminary 
program. Distinguished graduates representing a 
variety of ministry perspectives were invited, at the 
expense of the Alumni Association, to return to cam- 
pus and spend three days observing the seminary and 
asking questions of faculty and students. The purpose 
of the committee was to evaluate the total seminary 
program and to stimulate the school to self- 
examination of its goals and long-term objectives. 

The committee was composed of David Miller, 
pastor. North Long Beach Grace Brethren Church, 
Long Beach, California; Richard Mayhue, associate 
pastor, Grace Community Church of Panorama City, 
California; James Greer, dean, Grand Rapids Baptist 
Seminary; Ron Guiles, pastor, Lehigh Valley Grace 
Brethren Church, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; and Jim 
Custer, pastor, Grace Brethren Church, Columbus, 
Ohio. Both Guiles and Miller serve on the Grace 
Schools board of trustees. 

In the words of one member of the team, "This, in 
my mind, is one of the most meaningful things that 
has ever happened to me and the most meaningful 
thing the Alumni Association could do to influence 
our seminary for the future good. I believe our visit 
can have a very positive effect upon our beloved 

Following their evaluative visit, an "Exit Inter- 
view" was scheduled with the Seminary Adminis- 
trative Comniittee. During this final visit the team 
presented an outline of areas of strengths and weak- 
nesses that they had observed and made recommen- 
dations that they agreed would provide the seminary 
with greater impact as it moved into the future. A 
complete written report will be provided by the team 
within one month. 

The Alumni Visiting Committee was completely 
underwritten by the Alumni Association through 
funds received through the annual membership pro- 
gram. Similar visits are being planned on a depart- 
mental basis in Grace College. ■ 





Morgan Library Resources Expand 

Morgan Library has been growing rapidly in 
recent months due largely to extra funding 
from the Pursuing Priorities campaign of Grace 
Schools. In the first three years of the campaign 
$60,000 has been earmarked for the purchase 
of theological books and periodicals to enhance 
the resources of the seminary library. Library 
director Robert I bach reports that the money 
has been used to buy materials as diverse as 
backfiles of periodicals (239 volumes, $4,034), 
the Church Fathers in Greek on microfiche (166 
volume-equivalents, $800), and perhaps the 
world's largest bibliography— The National 
Union Catalog of Pre-1956 Imprints (685 vol- 
umes, $15,000). The extra funds make it pos- 
sible to take advantage of opportunities that 
the regular budget would not permit. Most im- 
portantly, the library was able to purchase 
5,500 volumes from the personal library of re- 
nowned Old Testament scholar H. H. Rowley 
for $20,500. Enough materials both new and 
used have been acquired that Mr. Ibach antici- 
pates reaching the fifty-thousandth volume in 
the seminary library during this school year. ■ 

Director Robert Ibach peruses one of the many 
valuable volumes in the rare book room. 

New L-Club Members as of October 31, 1983 

The "L-Club" Is an 

integral part of the ath- 
letic program at Grace Col- 
lege. L-Club contributions made 
^^^k v^^^wvk^^ by Grace alumni and friends provide 

nfBf^^^SSK^ many of the needed items which the 

HK5N!>^^^^^^ budget won't stretch far enough to include. 

^SK^^Bf ^^ Yearly membership levels (which run from 

y^^l^' September 1 through August 30) will be the Win- 

ners' Club ($50); Lancer Hundred ($100); and the new 
giving level. Honorary Captain ($250). The Honorary Captain 
level will enable you to get a Grace College L-Club jacket and 
tickets to home NAIA and NCCAA playoffs for which Grace might 
qualify. Other L-Club benefits: /Program/Yearbook V* Newsletters 
ySeason passes to all Grace athletic events /Participation in L-Club 
activities (banquet) / Entrance to Lancer Hospitality Room at home basket- 
ball games /Tickets to the Turkey Tournament 

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bratcher 

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Crocco 

Mr. Ray Hughes 

Mr. David Koontz 

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas McKinley 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Packer 

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Simms 

Mr. Brad Thomas 

Mr. and Mrs. Brent Wilcoxson 

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Zeltwanger 

For your convenience, contributions do not necessarily fiave to be given in one sum. For more information on flow you can 
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•J (1 

Focus on Faculty 

Dr. Donald B. DeYoung 

Professor of Physics 
Birthdate: July 29, 1944 
Salvation: Junior High years 
Education: A.S., Grand Rapids Junior College 
B.S. in Physics, Michigan Tech 

M.S. in Physics, Michigan Tech 

Ph.D. in Physics, Iowa State Uni- 
M.Div., Grace Theological Semi- 
Favorite Biblical Books: Genesis, Job 
Favorite Scripture: Psalm 8:3-4 
Favorite Topics of Discussion: Astronomy, 
Creation-Evolution, Personal Finance, 
Travel, Christian Schools, Do-lt-Yourself 
Favorite Subject to Teach: Physics, Astron- 
omy, Calculus 
Joined Grace Faculty: Fall, 1972 
Marriage: June 6, 1966, to Sally Ann Dieleman 

Children: Jenny (15), Jorie (14), Jessica (9) 
Hobbies: Fishing, Camping, Softball, Astron- 
omy, Writing, Gardening 
Latest Accomplishment: M.Div. Degree 
(Spring '83), Household Plumbing Repair 

Dr. Lee L. Kantenwein 

Assistant to tfie Dean for Student Affairs 
Associate Professor of Homi/etics 
Birthdate: April 5, 1935 
Salvation: Approximately 1946 
Education: Th.B., Baptist Bible Seminary 
M.Div., Grace Theological 
Seminary (cum laude) 

Th.M., Grace Theological 

Th.D., Grace Theological 

Institute of Holy Land Studies, 

Jerusalem, Israel, January 1974 
ETTA diploma, 1958 
Favorite Biblical Books: Amos, James 
Favorite Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:10 
Favorite Topics of Discussion: Biblical Truths, 
Sports, Family, and especially Grand- 
Favorite Subject to Teach: Homiletics and 

Book Studies (Biblical) 
Joined Grace Faculty: September 1971 
Marriage: June 28, 1957, to Phyllis Grabill 
Children: Merwyn L. (25), Cynthia (24), 

Scott (23), Sheryi (20) 
Hobbies: Remodeling the house and building 
furniture for the house; riding my motor- 
Latest Accomplishments: Complete remodel- 
ing of workshop area in garage including 
building a huge workbench; plus installing 
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by Adele R. Crabbs 

Pastor's wife, Ceistown Grace 
Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa. 

A negative outlook-trials, sacrifice, loneliness, 
pressures, criticism, hurts— seems to pervade the instruc- 
tions and "helps" given to future and present pastors' 
wives. Those wives who are about to embark upon this 
adventure may begin to feel they will never make it. Who 
wants to become a pastor's wife if all it means is looking 
forward to such pressures? Those of us who have already 
plunged in, find ourselves identifying with all the negative 
aspects and, like the ardent soap opera viewer, develop 
the "poor-mes." Pastors' wives are given very little insight 
in regard to the privilege and joy of ministering. 
Therefore, I would like to share four areas of joy with you 
that make being a pastor's wife a tremendous privilege. 

The Joy of a Privileged Call 

Few of us pause to realize that God has called us to a 
very privileged position — a pastor's wife. We believe our 
husband was "called" but rarely comprehend that Cod 
chose us as well. Yet, He deliberately and especially 
picked us, matching each of us with that pastor/husband 
that we might be a team to serve Him. 

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ lesus for 
good works, which Cod prepared beforehand, that we 
should walk in them (Eph. 2:10 NASB). 

Notice that Cod chose pastors' wives before we were 
even born and God makes no mistakes. He did not 
choose our husbands and then think, "Oh, my, what am I 
going to do about her^. I guess she'll just have to tag 
along." Rather, He chose each of us because He knew 
that we were just the right wives for the particular 
ministry to which He would call our husbands. 

Isn't that thrilling? Cod chose us to be part of a team, to 
serve Him in a very special way. He chose us to minister 
to peoples' lives, to represent the Cod of the universe, 
and to help bring our great God and those people to 
whom we minister together in a Christ-centered relation- 

Even though God chose us, we still have the freedom to 
decide whether or not we will give ourselves to the 
ministry for which Cod has called us. He will never force 
us; He will only choose us. It is up to us to determine to 
give our best to this great and high calling. Take heed to 
the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that 
you may fulfill it (Col. 4:17 NASB). 

The Joy of Fulfillment 

The cry of women across our land is for fulfillment to do 
more than the mundane - to do something that counts. 
Although many of us disagree with the selfish ways in 
which most women are achieving this, we empathize 
with the need. We do have a need to be fulfilled, to use 
our talents and gifts, to make our life count for something. 
There is no other position that exists that offers more op- 
portunities than the ministry for living a full and mean- 
ingful life. We have the freedom to choose any number of 
outlets for our talents within the church. Who else has the 

choice our position offers? Furthermore, those talents are 
used to change lives through ministry. They offer eternal 
rewards. What fulfillment! 

One terrific thing about being a pastor's wife is that 
there is no particular mold to which we must conform. 
We can be ourselves, free to exercise the particular 
talents God has given us. Some of us have musical ability, 
others make good secretaries, some can teach or write, 
others are gifted with children or teens or ladies, some 
can disciple one-on-one, others have special gifts for 
entertaining large groups. Some of us can lead, others are 
quiet listeners. Each of us is different, but the important 
thing is that God has placed us where He has so we can 
use our special gifts and talents rather than worrying 
about the gifts He hasn't given us. God has given us all 
that is necessary for our particular place of ministry, so 
there is no need to feel inadequate because we don't 
have the talents we think we need. As a former Home 
Missions pastor's wife, I thought it absolutely essential to 
be able to play the piano and act as secretary for our 
small church. But I did not have the talent for either 
ministry. Cod knew that and provided for both those 
ministries through someone else. Cod never expects us 
to do what He has not gifted us to do. 

However, Cod does expect us to use the gifts He has 
given us, and that will bring us complete fulfillment — the 
kind of fulfillment for which the woman of the world is 
desperately searching. 

For Thou didst form my Inward parts; Thou didst weave 
me in my mother's womb. Thine eyes have seen my un- 
formed substance; and in Thy book they were all written, 
the days that were ordained for me when as yet there 
was not one of them (Ps. 139:13 and 76 NASB). 

The Joy of Being a Team 

Loneliness seems to be one of the universal cries of the 
pastor's wife. Yet we do not stop to consider that there 
are many, many wives whose husbands spend long hours 
away from home in a variety of occupations. Truck 
drivers, pilots and servicemen spend days and even 
months away from home. Doctors and dentists are 
forever being called away. Many salaried management 
positions put in hours beyond the usual forty-hour week. 
My own father was a machinist in a factory and worked 
seven days a week for most of my childhood. The list 
goes on and on. Why, then, are we crying the blues? 

Rather we should be singing with joy for we have a very 
privileged relationship. What other wife shares her hus- 
band's work, becoming so much a part of it as we can? 
We are a team! 

We share the same visions and burdens for the church, 
we serve side by side for the same goal. We can en- 
courage, console and empathize as no other wife can. 
What other wife can listen to her husband preach and 
share his joy when someone responds to his invitation. If 
it happens to be a woman we can counsel with her and 




help her grow through discipleship— sharing in the salva- 
tion and growth of a life. What other wife can put her 
arms around her husband when he is discouraged and 
grasp the struggle he is facing? What other wife can share 
her husband's vision and then rejoice with him as she sees 
Cod work that vision through their shared prayers and 
shared labors? Loneliness fades in the background when 
we are a team working together for a common goal. 

What an asset we can be to our husband's ministry. We 
are needed, and if s great to be needed. We are not to be 
the "assistant pastor," but in many ways we can make or 
break his ministry because we are such a vital part of it. 

Because we are a team, a closeness and bond develops 
that makes our marriage relationship very special. Truly 
we are privileged to be able to share in our husband's 
work, to such a vital part of that one we love so dearly. 
For I have no one else of kindred spirit who will genuinely 
be concerned for your welfare (Phil. 2:20 NASB). 

Joy in Ministering 

I would like to remind you of the tremendous joy of 
ministering in the lives of people. A pastor's wife has 
unlimited opportunities to touch lives. What greater joy 
than to see a woman come to the Lord, to invest time in 
her life by discipling her and then to watch her life change 
from one of unhappiness because of sin to one of joy 
through obedience. To know that we can be an instru- 
ment in Cod's hand to bring about those changes gives a 
greater sense of reward than anything else — to know that 
Cod can use me! 

Now, I realize ministering is not all roses. Sometimes we 
invest our lives in someone only to have our hearts 
broken as that one falls away from Cod. In those times, 
our only consolation is that we did it for God and nothing 
done for Him is a waste. But there are other times that 
our hearts overflow with joy as we see that one we 
shared with make a decision, or we see victory over a 
struggle with some sin, or we see a deeper commitment 
to Cod because of our discipling. Can anything else be so 

As a pastor's wife, we have opportunities available for 
ministering that few women have, if we only look and 
pray for them. Too many pastor's wives miss such oppor- 
tunities because they are wrapped up in themselves and 
become blind to the hundreds of needs around them. We 
must be willing to open our hearts to people, to make 
ourselves vulnerable even if it means hurt, to give our 
time and effort sacrificially if Cod is to give us the joy of 
being used for Him. 

When we fail, when hurt comes, when the cost seems 
too great, we will wonder if ministering is worth the ef- 
fort. But the times of joy, the times of seeing lives affected 
by Jesus Christ and knowing we were a part of it makes it 
all worthwhile. In fact there is not greater joy than 
ministering. / have no greater joy than this, to hear of my 
children walking in the truth (3 John 4 NASBj. 

I cannot think of anything I would rather be than a 
pastor's wife. The joys and privileges far outweigh the 
drawbacks. No position in this life is easy or free from 
trials or without its pains and difficulties. Certainly as 
pastors' wives we have our share of these. But far above 
all of this is the tremendous privilege and joy of being 
called of Cod, of being able to freely use our gifts and 
talents in a fulfilling way, of sharing and contributing in 
our husband's life work and of touching the lives of peo- 
ple for God. 

I'm so glad I'm a pastoKs wife! ■ 

(Continued from page 7} 

right along with the Bread and Cup. The meal 
was the context on that eventful night for the 
other two symbolic practices. 

The record in Acts continues the story by 
recording a "breaking of bread" as part of the 
worship practices of the early Christians (Acts 
2:42, 46). In a survey of major commentators 
done by Dr. Herman Hoyt, he found 26 who all 
support the idea that this phrase has to do 
either with a meal itself or with the Eucharist 
held in conjuction with a meal! Acts 20:11 
describes a meal "eaten" at the same time that 
there was "breaking bread" (vs. 7 and 11). Thus 
there is good evidence that a relationship 
found in the Gospel records between the meal 
and the Bread and Cup was continued in Acts. 
In 1 Corinthians 11 the appearance again of 
this full meal (that is the meaning of the word 
used for "supper" in verse 20) with the Bread 
and Cup continues the historical record of 
what is found in the Gospels and Acts. Paul, 
writing before Luke ever drafted his gospel, 
does not cease the practice of that meal but 
rather corrects the abuses and expects them to 
continue it (v. 34). 

In fact, the perpetuation of the Love Feasts 
basically rests upon the same texts and upon 
the same basis as the Bread and Cup. Both 
were treated in the same fashion in the Gospel 
records. If Jesus intended one to be continued, 
the other has equal claim to perpetuation. 
Both must rely upon a demonstration from the 
apostle that they understood the symbolic act 
of Jesus as something to be perpetuated and 
proceeded to instruct local churches which 
they founded accordingly. This apostolic 
understanding and example constitute an ex- 
pectation that local chuches will continue to 
do likewise. What warrant is given by the New 
Testament to do otherwise? 


This statement is presented as a proposal 
which, in my mind, best fits the New Testa- 
ment pattern, it is a theological definition of a 
special term not found in the Bible. However, it 
is a definition to which other Bible-believing 
Christians could agree. They might not accept 
our conclusions as to what should be included 
on the list of ordinances, but at least we can 
share a common basis of discussion. Due to 
limitations of space much of the information 
and textual study behind this definition has to 
be omitted. However, this brief overview can 
hopefully provide an outline for more study by 
others. ■ 




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(Continued from page 24) 

Sandra VJacker and Mike Grills, Grace Brethren Church, 
Homerville, OH. Robert Holmes, pastor. 

Bonnie Warren and Rodney Sholl, Grace Brethren Church, 
Myerstown, PA. Luke Kauffman, pastor. 

chanae ycur annual 

Jay Fretz, 226 Robin Ave., Sebring, FL 33870 (He is 
the new pastor at Sebring) / Wesley Haller, 2487 
Aspen St., N.E., North Canton, OH 44721 (Tel. 216/ 
499-8368) / John Hartman, 4845 W. 14 St., Cleve- 
land, OH 44109 / Harry Nonnemacher, R. 2, Box 
264, Martinsburg, WV 25401 / Greg Ryerson, E. 
10422 Broadvi/ay, Spokane, WA 99206 / George 
Wallace, 3513 Melody Lane Ct., Kokomo, IN 46902 
/ Darrell Wenzek, 319 Vineyard Dr., San Jose, CA 
95119 / The zip for the church in Tucson, AZ, 
should be 85705 / The zip for the Garden City GBC, 
Roanoke, VA, is 24018 / The address of the secre- 
tary for the Pike GBC at Mundy's Corner, PA, is: R. 
6, Box 225-A, Johnstown, PA 15909 (Tel. 814/ 
749-7894) / The new secretary of the GBC of Elyria, 
OH, is Mrs. Parke (Nancy) Brenneman, 115 Oak St., 
Elyria, OH 44035 (Tel. 216/322-8340). 

□ John Townsend, pastor of the Wildwood Grace 
Brethren Church, Salem, VA, has proved "to be 
Christlike in his business dealings 

A school district in Roa- 
noke Co. needed 800 trees re- 
moved from some land. It 
was put out for bids, and Mr. 
Townsend's bid was $100— 
$12,900 beiow the top bid- 

which he returned to the county schools for the 
"cutting rights." 

Mr. Townsend said "it's a fair deal. Getting to the 
orchard is fairly simple because it's near his house, 
which he heats with wood. ... I've got several minis- 
ters and friends and people in my church who need 
wood and I'll share it with them, in exchange for 
their labor."— /'Quotes taken from a Roanoke, VA, 

□ Operation Whitefields— With the establishment of 
the North Pole, AK, church, a goal established in 
December 1981 had been accomplished. This goal 
was to establish six churches in Alaska by 1984, up 
from one church (Kenai) in the state just six years 

The Northwest District Conference is scheduled 
to be held in Anchorage, when the Artie District will 
be born, thereby making a new Alaska district. 

The congregations in Alaska are very grateful to 
the Lord, and to the people in the lower 48 for their 
faithfulness in praying and giving that the work might 
contiue to go forward. Many even took time out of 
their busy schedules to journey to Alaska and physi- 
cally get involved in the building of churches. 

A big thank you to all who have helped in any 
way, and to the organizations such as Home Missions, 
National Men's organization. National WMC, and to 
the Herald Co. — all these have been a real encourage- 
ment. — Ed Jackson, chairman, Artie District IVIis- 
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MARCH 1984 

Feature Article: 

Musical Communication in the Church 

page 4 

Reflections By Still Waters 

There's Al^^ays 
to Pay 


by Charles W. Turner 


The United States and the world 
are preparing for the 1984 Olym- 
pics. The winter games will be held 
in Europe and the summer games 
will be in Los Angeles. Preparations 
have been underway for several 
years to take care of housing the 
athletes as well as the many visitors. 
The Olympics have become big 
business and millions of dollars 
must be spent to stage these events. 

With good old Yankee know- 
how, the committee set out to find 
a way to pay the bill without 
spending tax money. They call it 
private funds; so everything was set 
up to be sponsored. There is the 
"official" everything this year. The 
official snackfood, the official film, 
cars, footwear; you name it, there is 
an official name-tag of a com- 
mercial sponsor. 

But one of the ideas that was 
really clever was to permit many 
different people the privilege of 
carrying the Olympic torch. Seems 
every jogger in the country jumped 
out of his sneakers for the his- 
torical task. Rich in heritage and 
from ancient dates, the fire was 
carried from Mount Olympus to the 
site of the Greek events. Since that 
time, the bearer of the flame to the 
game site has been an honor. 

Now you can pay the price and 
bear the torch! The Olympic group 
organizers have placed a price tag 
on this task. You, too, can be a 
torch-bearer for just $3,000 a kilo- 
meter. The price may seem high, 
but the privilege has very few 
equals in jogging history. It should 
also be kept in mind that torch- 
bearing has always carried a high 
price tag. 

A true torch-bearer is indeed a 

leader and a breed apart from 
others. The honor is high as one 
sets out to lead the way in any en- 
deavor and it has a price. The his- 
torical explorers were people who 
were convinced and then went 
forth. The inventors were also 
torch-bearers whose ideas seemed 
strange to everyone but them- 
selves. The crowd has a tendency to 
smile and look down on the true 
torch-bearer, because they have not 
seen the same vision nor have they 
had the determination to pay the 
price of pursuing the goal. So while 
some smile, others perspire and keep 
moving forward while their muscles 
ache and their vision temporarily 

It has been true also in the church 
when the first individuals saw the 
need of people in faraway lands. 
The people who were so far away, 
of course, were called heathen; 
whose social value seemed limited; 
and when the torch-bearers ask for 
permission to take the Gospel to 
them, the "committees" all had 
problems— as committees so often 
tend to do. There was a price, 
and the price was high— loss of 
friends, health, and even life itself! 
Those who are true torch-bearers 
do not have a big problem with the 
high price to be paid. The vision of 
accomplishment is too high a goal 
to let the difficulties keep them 
from the deed to be done. 

The committee will collect the 
fees to be paid-S3,000 a kilo- 
meter—and the torch-bearers will 
mark a high point in their lives, be- 
cause for just a few fleeting minutes 
they will carry out a noble tradition 
of history. 

May we who have the True Light 
lift it up high and carry it, because 
"how beautiful are the feet of them 
that preach the gospel of peace." ■ 

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the Torch 





March 1984 

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6 Under God's Blessing . . . Arctic District Grows 
10 Duty, Devotion, Dividends 
12 Cause for Rejoicing 
16 Keeping Our Missionaries Fiscally Fit 

18 A Breed Apart 

19 Candidate School 

20 Elementary News 

23 Reaching Out in Brazil 

24 Eight Myths in Sunday School 
26 More Than a Secretary 

29 Idea File, Homespun 

30 Festival of Grace 

31 The 1983-1984 Honor Roll of Churches 
33 Eleven Seniors Honored in Who's Who 

bmh features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • Feature Article 4 • 
• BMH News Report 27 • 

repcrted in the herald 

35 YEARS AGO - 1949 

Forty-four missionaries were in active 
service with the Brethren Missionary Socie- 
ty. .. . There was a need for a new building 
at the Navajo work— projected cost about 
$5,000, according to Dr. L. L. Grubb, who 
was secretary of Home Missions at that 

15 YEARS AGO - 1969 

Richard Grant announced his accept- 
ance of the pastorate at Mansfield, Ohio, 
concluding his ministry at Alexandria, 
Virginia. . . . The Brethren Missionary 
Herald announced plans to start a printing 
plant as soon as equipment could be secured. 

5 YEARS AGO - 1979 

Terrance Taylor had been called to the 
pastorate of the Grace Brethren Church in 
Canton, Ohio. 


Dear Readers, 

In our January Herald we 
printed a fetter from a reader 
who expressed his views about 
the Fellowship. 

On page 34 of this issue there 
are some responses to that letter. 

Thanks to all for your opinions 
and a willingness to share 
them. - CWT 

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in the 

by Don Ogden, Chairman 
Music Department of Grace College 

Choice of musical styles for use in the church will always be a sub- 
ject of much controversy. Music is a cultural expression, 
and cultures differ from place to place and even 
within local congregations; they also change 
with the times in all places. For these 
reasons, any given musical expression 
may communicate one thing to one 
person and something else to an- 
other; some worshipers will relate 
to one level of artistic creativity, 
while others will relate to another; 
tastes are widely diverse among us in 
artistic judgment. This poses a most 
troublesome dilemma for the 
church musician and may create 





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conflicts among the laity. 

The local church that wants to be as effective as 
possible with as many of its people as possible must 
constantly reevaluate its modes of musical expression 
in the light of several searching questions: Does it 
pass the tests of musical integrity? of effective com- 
munication to all worshipers? of objective standards 
of artistic quality? And, are these tests necessary? 

Musical Integrity in the Church 

A church musician may feel he is betraying his art 
and violating his conscience when he yields to congre- 
gational pressure and produces, encourages, or ac- 
cepts music he feels is inferior and/or inappropriate. 
Should he impose his standards on those he serves, 
when his greater knowledge and discernment have 
widely separated his tastes from theirs? It must be 
recognized that the more one learns about any field 
of art, the more his boundaries are changed in accept- 
ance and rejection; and this refinement is based as 
much on objective criteria as on subjective pref- 
erence. Whose, then, is the determining voice? 

In a democracy a lay consensus, though inferior, is 
considered better than an imposed expertise which is 
a threat to self-governance. While we acknowledge 
that this arrangement has its liabilities, we believe 
that other systems with their liabilities are worse. 
Even so, in a democracy certain problems are inevi- 
table. Laymen do not always know what is best for 
them; even when knowing what is best, laymen often 
choose something else, sometimes to their harm. 

As this principle relates to the church, obviously a 
group of people should have the right to gather at any 
time of their choosing in a building designed and 
decorated to their liking, clothed according to their 
particular tastes, perform and listen to music which 
appeals to them, and subject themselves to their 
preference of oratorical styles with the proclamation 
of whatever shade of doctrine tickles their ears. 

But even as the wisdom of specialists may be 
brought to bear on the public in efforts to influence 
personal decisions that will improve the quality of life 
individually and corporately, so in matters of religious 
practice, the church should seek to find and promote 
a better way, if indeed there is one. 

Are there objective standards for evaluating qual- 
ity in architecture, clothing, music, oration, and 
theology? If not, then let us forget about improve- 
ment; if so, then let us strive in all areas for the best. 
It would seem that Philippians 4:8 is clearly suggest- 
ing that objective evaluation is possible and is the re- 
sponsibility of the Christian in all things. Opposites 
are certainly implied for each of these: "true, honest, 
just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, praise- 

In the early years of my teaching I attended a 
church music conference where speakers made several 
references to musical integrity in the church. Before 
this time it had never occurred to me that music 
could have or lack that quality. Later, in a graduate 

music literature course in a state university, I heard a 
teacher denounce a recognized composer who pub- 
lished under several pen names; his motivation: pro- 
tecting his good name by not having it associated with 
the "cheap" commercial music he produced for the 
buyer's market, much of it religious. While some 
artists would starve themselves rather than stoop to 
produce what would sell only to an unlettered public, 
many Christians who support themselves through 
concert ministries freely admit that they must com- 
promise their musical standards if they hope to make 
a living in this way. 

There are some who warn the church that we must 
not be misled by the false theory: "If it works, it 
must be good." They maintain that this is equating 
effect with worth, which could be called "piatized 
pragmatism." It is a fallacy to try to determine worth 
by market research. Ask yourself, to illustrate this 
point, whether the Nielsen ratings really reflect which 
television programs have the most value. 

Or check out the popularity of the fast-food serv- 
ice, and compare the rejected advantages of a clinical 
diet. Junk music, like junk food, may draw crowds, 
but what does it do for them, or for the promotion of 
all of the high ideals to which the Gospel calls them? 

It has been found through experimentation that 
college students, if left to design their own curricu- 
lum, would not likely produce a well-rounded aca- 
demic program. Hence, to select a degree goal implies 
adhering to a set of demands imposed by the educa- 
tors. Normally, the best cures for physical ills are not 
the result of self-diagnosis and self-prescription, but 
the following of a doctor's orders. Picking and 
choosing from area churches each week according to 
the announced topics will not nourish a believer like 
attending regularly one which plans its ministries for 
systematic discipling. 

On the other hand, student evaluation is a valu- 
able guide to administrations; a patient's description 
of his ills and evaluation of remedy effectiveness 
helps direct the physician; the voice of the congre- 
gation makes the church curriculum planners aware 
of the needs of the church and the effectiveness of its 

Doesn't this suggest a pattern for the problem of 

responsibility in church music? Our churches ought 

to continue to be more or less democratic, but the 

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Donald E. Ogden 

Chairman of the Music 

Department, Grace College; 

Minister of Music, Winona 

Lake Grace Brethren Church, 

Winona Lake, Indiana; 

Advanced degrees from 

Indiana University School of 

Music and Grace Theological 

Seminary; Church music 

clinician; 30 years of leading 

touring ensembles from Grace 

Schools in church ministries. 


by Dr. Lester E. Pifer, 

Executive Secretary 

Grace Brethren Home Missions 


Alaska became our forty-ninth 
state on January 3, 1959. Already 
a growing territory, it now became 
an exciting pioneer area with great 
potential for growth and develop- 
ment of its natural resources. 

The Grace Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council, having a long-range 
goal to establish at least one stra- 
tegic missionary-minded church in 
each state, saw a great new church- 
planting opportunity. 

Careful investigation revealed a 
strong need for the gospel of Christ. 
Alcoholism, broken homes, and sin 
of every description was seen on 
every hand. Strong Bible-teaching 

Under God 

churches with an aggressive spirit of 
evangelism were in the minority in 
many of the growing areas of this 
new state. 

Upon recommendation of the 
Executive Secretary, the Board of 
Directors of the Council gave 
priority to this exciting new 
mission field potentiality. The Fel- 
lowship of Grace Brethren Chur- 
ches was challenged to pray for 
God's man who would respond to 
this pioneering challenge. 

Rev. and Mrs. Herman Hein, 
hearing a message and report on 
Alaska from Dr. Paul R. Bauman, 
responded to the call. Finances 
were limited, the cost of moving 
would be great, but the Heins were 
willing to go even on a partial self- 
support basis with the backing of 
the Council. Following a further 
survey of the field, Kenai, which 

had grown in population from ' 
to nine thousand, was chosen as i 
ideal location for our first GBC 
this state. 

The Heins, vigorous soul winnn 
left their ministry in Kokomo, 
diana, on June 30, 1969, with s 
cere salvation vision in their hea 
to begin a new era in home miss( 
church planting. Under their leaol 
ship, and the Rev. Ed Jacksons wj 
followed them, this chu^ 
developed into a strong virile s| 
supporting Grace Brethren churc^ 

Their missionary vision led th( 
to support and send persom 
weekly to Anchorage, the larci 
city in the state, to begin a B) 
class with the goal of establishirj 
sister church. With the help of | 
Northwest District, Breth( 
Minute Men, and the Council, 
second work was soon underway! 



Uessiug • • • 
listriet Oroivrs 

fall of 1977 with Pastor Larry 
ithwick in charge. 
Launched in the highest cost-of- 
ig area, it became self-supporting 
has now exceeded the 500 
rk in attendance at times. The 
:horage church exercised real 
vision when it called Ron 
oes as minister of music and the 
mans to head up a ministry to 

children, both of which were 
mised no guarantee of financial 
port. They believed that God 
ited them to help in building a 
bor of souls for Christ in 

^gain God spoke to hearts and a 
•J work was started at Homer, 
)wn as the Kachemak Bay Grace 
thren Church. Dual vision was 
rcised as the two existing chur- 
s united with The Grace Breth- 

Home Missions Council and the 

Northwest District to call Ed 
Jackson back to Alaska (he had re- 
turned to the "lower 48" following 
his ministry at Kenai), buy 
property, and set up a double-wide 
mobile home as a meeting place. 
This third church is now progress- 
ing toward self-support under the 
present leadership of Rev. Jim 
Jackson, son of former pastor Ed 

The Anchorage church, follow- 
ing the example of Kenai, launched 
a new work fifteen miles north at 
Eagle River. A large portion of the 
outlay of funds was designated for 
this church through the Adopt-A- 
Church Program of Grace Brethren 
Home Missions. Pastor John Gillis, 
a successful former home mission 
pastor, has led this congregation to 
self-support status in less than two 
years. This church is populated 

Church, makes, ■ ^'^*'""" 
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<*'*" attendance °"1 T '"^'''' 
than 500. -^eachrng more 

with mostly young married people 
who have marvelously displayed 
their youth vision in reaching the 
lost of this growing area. 

During 1983 some of the be- 
lievers from Kenai felt led to begin 
a new Grace Brethren church at 
Soldotna. Pastor Howard Snively 
was called to serve as their pastor. 
A new building is nearing comple- 
tion as this church, self-supporting 
from the start, endeavors to reach 
its community for Christ. 

In June of 1983 the Walter 
Fretzes (Grace Brethren Investment 
Foundation) and the Pifers traveled 
to the land of the "midnight sun" 
to observe and experience the work 
which God was doing in the hearts 
of the people of these new chur- 
ches. We were gratefully amazed at 
the numbers of people in these 
churches that had been saved, dis- 
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MARCH '84 

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(Continued from page 7) 

cipled, and enrolled. To stand on 
the platform of any of these chur- 
ches and to look into the faces of 
all these people who have come to 
Christ is a moving experience. 

Along with Ed Jackson and his 
wife, Polly, we drove to Fairbanks 
to search out a new field for our 
latest ministry. The Lord led us to 
several eager families desirous of a 
Grace Brethren church. It became 

evident as we met and dined to- 
gether that God was again putting 
together another important seg- 
ment of His church. We settled 
upon the North Pole area as an 
ideal place for this newest effort. 
Ed and Polly were assured by the 
Lord in their hearts that they had 
North Pole Vision. 

A new Arctic District is emerging 
and will be official at the forthcom- 

ing Northwest District Conference. 
Six Grace Brethren churches in 12 
years, to the glory of our Lord! 
Much credit is to be given to these 
leaders and their faithful people, 
the churches of the Northwest Dis- 
trict, the laymen, WMC, and all of 
the churches in our Fellowship for 
their prayer support and gifts. The 
Grace Brethren Investment Founda- 
tion, along with the Council, has 
been heavily involved in the financ- 
ing and development of these minis- 
tries. The growth of the Arctic Dis- 
trict, the souls that have been 
saved, the Grace Brethren Bible- 
teaching ministries have come as 
splendid dividends of the blessing 
of our wonderful Lord upon the 
Bountiful Harvest awakening that 
has gripped our Fellowship of 
Churches. Praise the Lord! ■ 



Serving the Needs 
of the People... 

People need Christ. He can give us the 
hope, confidence and love we need to meet 
each day. He is the only way of unlocking the 
beautiful mysteries of eternal life. Christ is the 
answer to all our needs. 

The Grace Brethren Investment Foundation 
is dedicated to helping people meet Christ. 
We do this by helping to plant or expand 
Christ-centered Grace Brethren churches all 
across America. Our low interest loans have 
helped many young, struggling GBCs onto 
their feet, and have helped broaden the 
ministries of established Grace Brethren 

Your deposits are the key to this ministry. 
Your funds will earn 6.5%, or with continuous 
compounding 6.72% annually. And as your 
deposits grow, so do hundreds of relation- 
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P.O. Box 587 • Winona Lake, IN • 46590 • (219)267-5161 

Month CQ 


Oevotiou 9 


by Pastor Kurt A. Miller 

Palm Harbor, Florida 

One of the most difficult tasks a Christian, eager 
to serve the Lord, will meet is the anxiety accom- 
panied with waiting for results. Our Lord, know- 
ing our weaknesses, has included ample Scripture in 
His Word to help us through these anxious times. One 
such passage is found in Deuteronomy 11:13-15: 
"And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken dili- 
gently unto my commandments which I command 
you this day, to love the Lord your God, and to serve 
him with all your heart and with all your soul, that I 
will give you the rain of your land in his due season, 
the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest 
gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil. And I 
will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle, that thou 
mayest eat and be full." 


The Lord has been very clear as to the subject 
of Christian duty. We are to "love the Lord your God 
with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with 
all your mind . . ." and ". . . thy neighbor as yourself. 
On these two commandments depend the whole Law 
and the Prophets" (Matt. 22:37-40 NASB). Further 
instruction regarding "duty" is found in the twelfth 
chapter of 1 Corinthians with regard to gifts and the 
utilization of them. We are bound, as members of the 
body of Christ, to function as God has ordained, 
using the gifts He has provided. For some, the prob- 
lem lies here. What are we to do? Discovering our 
gifts and knowing how to use them can be trouble- 
some. For most people, however, I suspect this is 
fairly clear. Our text tells us we are to "diligently 
hearken" unto those commandments He has clearly 
revealed to us. And, I am convinced that a larger per- 
centage of Christians are very willing to yield their 
lives to do the will of God. 


As a willing and eager third-grade student, my 
daughter came home from school with a science proj- 
ect. She was to plant a lima bean in a pot, fertilize 
and water it, and watch it grow. She tackled the proj- 
ect with exuberance. Every few minutes of the first 
day were spent checking to see if it had sprouted. The 
second day included several inspections of the pot 
with a long face of disappointment. Several days had 
gone by with no sign of germination. To her the 
project was a failure. "We might as well dig it up and 
start all over again with a new bean," she said. I had 
assured her that if she would just wait a few more 
days the bean would probably sprout and her en- 
deavor would be successful. 

Have you ever noticed that God only commands 



us to "serve him with all your heart and with all your 
soul"? Never does He place the burden of results 
upon our shoulders beyond the realm of faithfulness. 
The crying need of the church Is not newer and better 
methods; it is faithfulness. Whatever gift or gifts you 
have are meaningless without faithfulness. Whether 
you abound with gifts or have relatively few in com- 
parison with others is Irrelevant as long as you are 
faithful. Whether you have long labored for the Lord 
or are newly involved In Christian service, your labor 
is in vain without faithfulness. God has called every 
Christian to faithfulness. This is the area where most 
Christians have a problem. Part of the problem is that 
we are prone to walk by sight and not by faith. We 
want to see something happen! If you are faithfully 
doing what you believe God wants you to, something 
is happening! God Is always at work, and He is work- 
ing In a/I things. 


This is where "dividends" enter the picture. Our 
text instructs, the reward for "devotion" (faithful- 
ness) Is "dividends." Our Deuteronomy text says: "I 
will give you the rain of your land In his due season 
. . . that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy 
wine, and thine oil . . . that thou mayest eat and be 

Have you labored for the Lord and felt nothing 
was being accomplished: the church has not seemed 
to grow because of what you have been doing; the 
financial picture has not mushroomed because of 
your service; as a matter of fact, there is no statistic 
that seems to have improved because of what you are 
doing? Don't be discouraged nor deceived. God will 
honor faithfulness with much fruit! I believe It was F. 
B. Meyer who used to say, "God's delays are not 
God's denials." Jesus said, "And, behold, I come 
quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man 
according as his work shall be" (Rev. 22:12). The 
best thing you and I can do is to stop looking at our 
watches and calendars and simply look by faith Into 
the face of God and let Him have His way— In His 
time. ■ 

Editor's Note - Kurt 
Miller hias been the 
pastor of the Palm 
Harbor, Florida, Grace 
Brethren Church since 
the summer of 1983. 
He previously pastored 
at Richmond, Virginia; 
and at Everett, Pennsyl- 
vania. He and his wife, 
Anecia, have three 
children— Mindi, Juli, 
and Kristi. 



The McDonalds 

Construction Superintendent Named 
on Mission Project 

Thomas R. McDonald of Cartwrlght, OK, has been 
named superintendent of the construction of the 
proposed multipurpose building at the Grace Breth- 
ren Navajo Mission, Counselor, New Mexico, accord- 
ing to Ralph Hall, secretary of Grace Brethren Build- 
ing Ministries, who Is overseeing the project. 

McDonald and his wife, Olline, expect to be on the 
field in April. 

A long-time member of the North Long Beach 
Brethren Church, Long Beach, California, he is a re- 
tired general contractor. He has worked in residential 
and commercial construction, as well as a missionary 
project (hospital, housing and school) in East Pakis- 
tan (now Bangladesh). 

The couple is looking forward to their ministry at 
the Mission. "We have a love for the Indians and felt 
led to do what we can to further the (multipurpose 
building) project," said McDonald. 

They have three married children — Edna Gilardi, 
Thomas R. McDonald II, and Howard Fenton 
McDonald, who is the pastor of the South Bay Com- 
munity Grace Brethren Church at San Jose, California. 

Construction May Be Delayed 

Construction of a $175,000 multipurpose building 
at the Grace Brethren Navajo Mission may be delayed 
until funding for the project is received. 

When plans for the building were approved by the 
Grace Brethren Home Missions Council board of 
directors in August 1982, it was specified that nearly 
90 percent of the total financial need be "In hand" 
before construction began. 

As of January 10, $82,962 had been received. A 
$50,000 deferred gift annuity has also been desig- 
nated toward the fund, bringing the total to 
$132,962. The remaining $27,038 must still be 

Work Is scheduled to begin In May, although it 
may be postponed. 

The building will be used by students at the BNM 
School, as well as for community outreach in the 
church-planting program. It will be centrally located 
on the Mission property. 

Please be In prayer regarding construction of the 
building. If you would like to consider a financial gift 
to the project, or are interested in volunteering your 
labor for construction, please contact the Grace 
Brethren Home Missions Council, Inc., P. 0. Box 587, 
Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. ■ 


MARCH '84 


Cause for 

by Rev. Doyle Miller 

Director, Grace Brethren 

Messianic Testimony 

Los Angeles, California 

Rose Diamond was a faithful 
member of the Shalom Blind 
group. She was blind 
physically — the result of a 
mugging 12 years ago, but she 
had seen the Light of Salvation 
in Yeshua (Jesus). On 
December 7, 1983, her Lord 
called her home. 

Rose had been ill for more 
than a year with severe head- 
aches. She had gotten some 
relief, but the headaches had 
never subsided completely. 
Even in her painful con- 
dition, her personal relation- 
ship with the Lord was evident; 
if not in word, always with a 
smile. On many occasions, she 
expressed a desire to do more 
in service to her Lord and 
Saviour, Jesus Christ. 

In recent months, she had a 
live-in companion and helper, 
Celina, a young lady from the 
Philippines. After Rose's 
death, Celina trusted Jesus as 
her Lord and Saviour. We are 
praising the Lord for the testi- 
mony and influence of Rose 
to this young lady and to our 
staff and fellow Shalom Blind 
group members. 

It was one of my greatest 

This photograph of Rose (standing between Rev. Doyle and Jaynie Milld 
was taken in October 1982, after her baptism at the Community Grai 
Brethren Church, Los Angeles, California. 

blessings of my ministry when 
I baptized Rose in the fall of 
1982 at the Los Angeles Com- 
munity Grace Brethren 
Church. She was a testimony 
to many by her obedience to 
the Word in baptism. 

At her death, her sister re- 
quested I hold the service at a 
Jewish cemetery. I was con- 
cerned about how much 
liberty I would have as a 
minister of the Gospel, but 
God intervened. Prior to the 

Celina Nelson (left) 

with Isobel Fraser 

during a Thursday 

afternoon Bible 

study. Celina 

accepted Christ after 

the death of Rose 

Diamond, a Hebrew 

Christian. She is 

also bringing others 

to the Thursday 


brief service, I was instructei 
not to use any New Testarrt 
mention of Jesus. I could i1 
even use many portions of ^ 
Old Testament, but did havi 
liberty to use many of the i 

After the service at the 
cemetery, a memorial sen/if 
was held at Bet Emet (Grao 
Brethren Messianic Testi- 
mony). Many unsaved Jew 
people were present. It wbj 
joy to present the gospel 




essage and the assurance we 
ive that Rose had placed her 
ith and trust in Messiah 
sus, her hope and help and 
curity for eternity. Pray 
at in this sorrow, many will 
bme to the Light of Salvation, 
jany grieve and rejoice in her 
lemory. We must claim 
jOd's promises in 1 Thes- 
jlonians 4:13-18: "Brothers, 
16 do not want you to be 
norant about those who fall 
;leep, or to grieve like the 
St of men, who have no 
3pe. We believe that Jesus 
ed and rose again and so we 
3lieve that God will bring 
ith Jesus those who have 
illen asleep in him. Accord- 
ig to the Lord's own word, 
e tell you that we who are 
ill alive, who are left till the 
imingof the Lord, will 
Jrtainly not precede those 
ho have fallen asleep. For 
ie Lord himself will come 
own from heaven, with a 
ud command, with the voice 
f the archangel and with the 
umpet call of God, and the 
ead in Christ will rise first, 
fter that, we who are still 
ive and are left will be 
aught up with them in the 
ouds to meet the Lord in the 
r. And so we will be with 
ie Lord forever. Therefore 
icourage each other with 
*iese words" (NIV). ■ 

Sharing tHe 91 essiali 

by Isobel Fraser 

When I visited an Israeli neighbor recently, it was a joy to 
see several signs on her refrigerator that said: "I want 
Moshiach (Messiah) now!" This is n'luch like we would say: 
"Even so come. Lord Jesus!" It gave an opportunity to share a 
little about Messiah and His kingdom. 

While attending the first Echad Conference, sponsored by 
the majority of the Jewish mission organizations in the greater 
Los Angeles area earlier this year, I heard a voice behind me 
exclaim, "What are you doing here!" 

I could have easily said the same, for it was Mr. H., my 
neighbor across the court. He and his wife were there as guests 
of their daughter and son-in-law. When we first met, Mrs. H. 
had told me her daughter was a believer, but she had given her 
a book which she was certain would bring her back to 
Judaism. What a joy to meet the daughter and find she is an 
established believer, for I had been praying for her. I am also 
praying that in the future, the way will be opened for further 
contact with her parents. Perhaps Mrs. H. might even attend 
the Bet El meetings, which are held in my apartment. 

'This is my 'second coming,' " was the remark of Dena, as I 
was driving to the Shalom meeting. You see, in the early days 
of our work, she had attended, but in recent years, our contact 
had been negligible. In the meantime, she had come to know 
Jesus as Messiah, God and Saviour. I feel the truths she heard 
in our meetings were the sowing and watering of the seed that 
finally came to fruition as she listened to a "lecturer" on the 
Word of God. What a joy to hear her speak of the Lord Jesus 
and His love, to quote Scriptures and acknowledge spiritual 

I told her she did not look any different than she had in 
those early days, except her hair is now gray. Her reply was 
that she is wiser. And, as I told her, the wisest decision she 
ever made was when she said "yes" to Jesus Christ. 

Oh, that the others to whom we minister would make the 
same wise decision. — (Reprinted from Winter 1983, Harvest- 
news.) ■ 


—for Howard, a Hebrew Christian who is deaf. 

—that the following would be open to receiving the Gospel: the 
S. family, the granddaughter of Fae, the daughter and grand- 
children of Eleanor, Mr. C, and Mr. and Mrs. H. 

Give Praise 

—for the salvation of Mrs. S., shortly before her death. 

—the salvation and spiritual growth of Dena. 

—for the salvation of Celina. Pray for her spiritual growth. 


13 = 

(Continued from page 5) 

unskilled should look to those with training and ex- 
perience to lead the way in musical tastes. We should 
subject all of our church music to close scrutiny, ask- 
ing ourselves more frequently, "Are we using this 
because it has musical and textual excellence and is 
appropriate to our purposes, or because it will bring a 
popular response?" 

Might not the Lord be pleased if we would encour- 
age those who can do it to lead us on to better 

The world is also judging us, and 
in many cases evaluating our 
content by Its container. 

things, with everyone wanting to grow. Maybe some 
will have the thrill of letting go a handful of plastic 
daisies to discover in their place an armful of Ameri- 
can Beauty roses— with long stems! 

Communicating at All Levels 
While Maintaining Musical Integrity 

When we have personal interchange, communi- 
cation is uppermost. At its highest level, this involves 
clear transmission in terms the receiver will be able 
to comprehend clearly, and a receptive attitude on 
the part of the receiver, who must be equipped to 
perceive the information transmitted in the way it is 
intended. The two must be on the same wavelength. 

But communication is much more than the transfer 
of abstract ideas or the stimulation of thoughts to- 
ward concrete objects. It involves the projection and 
reception of moods, emotions, and even of values. I 
hear what you say, and I understand your thoughts; 
but I also react to how you feel about it, how honest 
I think you are, whether you are qualified to speak, 
on what level you formulate and organize your 
thoughts, and how adequate are your tools of trans- 

No one should be more concerned about effective 
communication than the Church of Jesus Christ. And 
so we adapt our language, our vocabulary, and our 
entire cultural setting to that which will best be re- 
ceived by our audiences. But we want them, at what- 
ever level, to catch our qualification as spokesmen, 
and we want to convey, with the essential message, 
the idea that our communication is worthy of the 
best context in which we can place it. Wedding cake 
is never served from a baking tin. If we don't care 
how we give it, why should they care how "they re- 
ceive it? 

Quality should always be a major concern, but 
quality is not always equated with degrees of sim- 
plicity and complexity. Music can be complex but 
poor, and it can be simple but excellent. Actually, ex- 

cellence in technique tends to be unobtrusive. Good 
art will communicate better than poor art, even 
though the consumer may be totally unaware of the 
technical points of excellence in the art. Certain 
poems of Christina Rosetta and Robert Louis Steven- 
son, along with some books by C. S. Lewis and 
Madeleine L'Engle, are cherished by young children; 
yet they demonstrate creative and architectural 
genius universally recognized by the masters of 
literary art. 

Since good form and taste may be observed in 
artistic expressions of all kinds, though intended 
for varied levels of maturity, it would seem that for 
several reasons the music of the church should exem- 
plify a balance of levels without sacrificing quality. 
Some should be "heavy" and some "light," with a 
generous portion of moderate. It may be weighted 
toward heavy or toward light, according to the 
church's ability to comprehend. This is suggested for 
these reasons: 

(1) Levels of musical understanding differ be- 
tween individuals and between congregations. If in 
our preaching we must administer both the "milk" 
and the "meat" of the Word, why should we not also 
expect to need milk and meat in musical expressions? 
All of either extreme in preaching or in music will 
miss the needs of some. (It must be remembered that 
we are talking about fl'ootf milk and good meat.) 

(2) Everyone's needs vary from intellectual to 
emotional. Why must we choose between music for 
the head and music for the heart? Some of our ad- 
justable time should be given to mind improvement 
and some to recreation or diversion. We need both 
deep contemplation and surface reflection. Music and 
texts should not be condemned for requiring either 
too much or too little thought, but all of either ex- 
treme produces an imbalance. 

(3) We need both artistry and clarity in our music 
and poetry (and preaching). Both are valid, but a 
striving for either may result in a sacrifice of the 
other. When transparency characterizes too much of 
our art, our aesthetic nature thirsts for greater fulfill- 
ment; when subtlety of expression is carried to ex- 
tremes, we fail at ready communication. 

To illustrate, the music of the Renaissance, chiefly 
of the sixteenth century, was so complex that much 
of it failed to communicate satisfactorily. As a means 
of compensating, early Baroque composers (1600- 
1650) constructed music that was so simple it did not 
please. This overreaction was corrected with the later 
Baroque composers such as Bach and Handel who 
utilized a dualistic approach. They blended simple 
and complex by constantly alternating the two. This 
is illustrated in their solo pieces which we label as rec- 
itative (simple) and aria (complex), and in their in- 
strumental and choral writing which varies between 
chordal (simple) and contrapuntal (complex). The 
simple was weighted toward communicating; the 
complex toward pleasing, but all had the hallmarks 
of a master creator. 


Churches may be guilty of imbalance in either 
direction. In some cases, musical snobs tend to be un- 
realistic about where many of the people are cultural- 
ly; they may fail to communicate. Others stay close 
to the bottom of the escalator because choices may 
be dictated by those who have no concern for growth 
or for meeting the needs of the more mature, or by 
those who know the least about objective musical 
evaluation; they may fail to Inspire and lift. We must 
be committed to effective total communication with 
all audiences. This can best be accomplished through 
using the best art we can appropriate in every case, 
while realistically assessing the levels of those to 
whom we want our music to speak. 

The Church and Artistic Evaluation 

God was the first art critic. He created and then 
passed a value judgment on His work. ". . . and God 
saw that it was good." 

If the Church must traffic in the arts, as it must if 
it builds buildings, paints wails, plants shrubbery, 
hangs drapes, sings songs, and plays instruments, one 
of its goals should be to have its art validated by the 
Ultimate Creator and Critic. We must use the best 
taste possible and give our most educated evaluation 
to our work, making alterations wherever necessary. 
God is judging. 

The world is also judging us, and in many cases 
evaluating our content by its container. Perhaps one 
of the greatest assets the Mormon Church has in its 
favor today is the high priority it sets on its cultural 
display. These people are telling us that there is 
nothing shabby about what they have to offer. This 
in turn has a tremendously uplifting effect upon the 
constituents as they compliment themselves on the 
quality with which they are associated. 

The judging of artistic quality must involve sub- 
jectivity and personal preference, but objective, clear- 
ly defined rules may also be applied. It is the artist or 
critic who has learned the principles of his art who is 
best qualified to evaluate. He may look at a painting 
and almost intuitively rank it among other paintings. 
Those who know the craft of music have the same ad- 
vantage in their field over the hoards of musical il- 
literates who judge from a perspective of relative 

However, there is one simple question anyone may 
ask that will help him in evaluation: "How many 
people might conceivably have created this?" It is fair 
to say about any expression that \f anyone could have 
done it, it is not great art. The higher the artistic 
worth, the greater the talent which produced it. By 
this principle, one might conclude that the Sistine 
Chapel ceiling is greater art than the average high 
school art class mural on the cafeteria wall; any 
Shakespearean sonnet is better than the jingle that 
won a prize in the fifth grade poetry contest; the 
Washington Cathedral is a higher form of architecture 
than an African grass hut. Any Bach cantata is greater 
art than the one the local volunteer choir sang last 

Christmas in the living Christmas tree. Great art de- 
mands of the knowledgeable beholder a degree of awe 
and wonder. The greater the wonder, the greater the 
art. Isn't that what is expressed in the lines "Poems 
are made by fools like me, but only God could make 
a tree"? 

Does this imply that our students should not paint 
pictures, write poetry, or compose songs? Or that we 
should not see and hear these creations? Or that we 
should not use the works of lesser touted composers, 
or even the lesser recognized works of great com- 
posers? Certainly not. Most of our nourishment was 
not derived from meals prepared by world renowned 
chefs, but it more than met our needs. What is impor- 
tant is that we keep everything in perspective. The 
embarrassment we want to avoid is that which comes 
from discovering that we are in awe of trivia while 
disdaining that which is truly lofty, and not knowing 
the difference. 

Certain practical considerations must be brought 
into play. A Michelangelo fresco might be quite in- 
appropriate on your church ceiling; most of what you 
want to voice in song was never penned by 
Shakespeare; perhaps most of the musical expressions 
we need in the twentieth century evangelical church 
are nowhere represented in the compositions of Bach; 
and a Gothic cathedral is the last thing you might 
order to serve your purposes, even if you could afford 
it. But we certainly should want to use the best we 
can find that will meet the need where we are, and we 
should judge all we create and all we use by the high- 
est models we can discover. 

People who are not musically inclined or trained 
can learn to appreciate music which is of a higher 
level. Of course, intellectual capacities will determine 
limitations, as will degrees of musical aptitudes. How- 
ever, given a basic quality of melodic, harmonic, 
rhythmic and structural worth (all somewhat subject 

No one should be more 
concerned about effective 
communication than the church of 
Jesus Christ. 

to observable laws), we learn to like what we hear re- 
peatedly. Familiarity is the most important key to ap- 
preciation, if coupled with a willingness to be taught. 
Let us bow in the direction of the cultural babes, 
and stretch toward those who have reached more 
maturity; all need to hear in their own tongue. At no 
time, however, should we neglect the exercise of 
value judgment, aiming for excellence at all levels, but 
also recognizing the inherent worthiness of higher 
levels. ■ 

1 MARCH '84 


by Wendell Kent and 
Nora Macon 

Trying to be fair to all our mis- 
sionaries when it comes to money is 
not as simple as you miglit tliinlc. 

Tlie easy way would be to give 
everybody the same amount. While 
that would certainly make life 
easier for Steve Mason, our Director 
of Finance at Grace Brethren For- 
eign Missions, it would be very 
tough on some of our missionaries. 

For instance, when Nancy Peugh 
buys a dozen eggs in Stuttgart, she 
must pay $1.77; but Suzy Sharp, 
down in Mexico City, can get them 
for $.30. A pound of nice beef will 
force Elinor Steele to shop careful- 
ly in Birmingham, because it will 
cost $2.97. She should be in 
Argentina. There a pound of beef 
(none better in the world, they 

Keeping Ou: 






Bicycle (26") 






Chicken (per lb.) 




$ .48 


Beef Roast (per lb.) 




$ .68 


Milk (per gal.) 






Eggs (per doz.) 




$ .57 


Cheese (per lb.) 




$ .80 


Flour (per lb.) 

$ .30 

$ .20 

$ .15 

$ .08 


Sugar (per lb.) 

$ .30 

$ .30 

$ .30 

$ .20 


Butter (per lb.) 






Coffee (per lb.) 



$ .99 


Rice (per lb.) 

$ .30 

$ .50 

$ .48 

$ .45 


Bread (per loaf) 

$ .74 

$ .45 

$ .59 

$ .50 


Apples (per lb.) 

$ .60 

$ .60 

$ .63 

$ .31 


Bananas (per lb.) 

$ .40 

$ .50 

$ .54 

$ .37 


Gasoline (per gal.) 





Car (standard) 






Apartment (per mo.) 






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purchased in Bangui 


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^Fresh, unpasteurized 


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say) is only $.68. Lucky Lita 

Of course, before these mission- 
aries go shopping, they first have 
exchanged their American dollars 
for the equivalent in their country. 
That, too, is not handled as simply 
as most of us dispose of our weekly 

In the Central African Republic 
one large cashiers check is sent 
quarterly to the field treasurer, 
whose popularity soars at that 
happy time. The check is cashed at 
the Bangui bank and divided up 
among the staff. 

On all our other fields each mis- 
sionary knows that on the first of 
the month his allowance has been 
deposited in his personal bank ac- 
count back "home" in Indiana. He 
can then go to a local bank overseas 
and write a check according to his 
needs. The only problem then is 
that there may be a wait for the 
money until the check clears. This 
can take a couple of weeks. Ap- 
parently, the bank tellers in St. 
Albain and Buenos Aires aren't 
moved by the honest faces of our 
missionaries. They want proof of 
their solvency. For this reason, we 
pay our missionaries in advance, to 
give them some extra time to get 
their hands on the spending money. 

Back to that problem of buying 
groceries. How can we help Nancy 
and Elinor? Hooray for modern 
computer technology! There is a 
service known as Organization Re- 

(Continued on page 18) 


—Prices given are equivalent to U.S. dollars and cents as of November 1983. These prices are average costs, not taking into ac- 
count frequent leaps in inflation. The value of the U.S. dollar may change from day to day. 

—For our missionaries in Africa, the costs on the chart are not a true reflection of what they pay. Many items almost double in 
cost when transportation charges are added. 

—In Mexico, the quality of the products do not come near to the quality of U.S. goods. For example, the coffee is a mixture of 
cereals and coffee, and the sugar is gray and coarse. 

iFIVIS MARCH '84 l/s 

(Continued from page 17) 

sources Counselors, Inc., which 
compares prices lil<e these all over 
the world and tells us how much 
extra Nancy should receive to buy 
eggs as compared to Suzy who 
doesn't need any extra for that 

As you might guess, this is a 
situation that is always changing, so 
we regularly make an adjustment in 
personal allowances to equalize 
things. While Mexico and Argentina 
may be the lucky ones right now, 
those missionaries had better not 
get too spoiled. Things change. 

Right now, the American dollar 
is very strong on the world market. 
That means that our missionaries 
have been able to get along in spite 
of inflation without asking for too 
much additional help. It has meant 
that in some countries we did not 
need to raise the support figures 
this year. We might even have been 
able to lower some of the figures 
had it not been that inflation in 
some of those countries is running 
over 100 percent a year. 

That reminds us of another 
problem. When the American dollar 
is stronger than its foreign equiva- 
lent, it is a signal that the people of 
that country are having a rough 
time financially. These are the 
people to whom we are ministering, 
the good friends of our missionaries. 
So, even though it is nice to have 
the buying power of a strong dollar, 
it is sad to see the other side. It 
could even cause some resentment 
and thus hurt our efforts to reach 
people for Christ. 

The other side of the coin, how- 
ever, is that financial worries can 
open doors to people's hearts. That 
person who believes his greatest 
need is more money may be open 
to being shown that the need of 
forgiveness and salvation is even 
greater and that Jesus Christ can 
meet that need. 

American missionaries overseas 
walk a fiscal tightrope. Their spend- 
ing habits are most surely being 
watched by those who wonder 
about the motives and genuineness 
of these foreign Christians. Come to 
think of it, our neighbors here in 
the States may be just as observant 
of us. ■ 



by Wendell Kent 

He walks into a room and becomes the center of atten- 
tion. No one blocks his progress. He looks one way and 
then another and finally goes slowly up the center aisle. 
Everyone admires his commanding presence, his calm de- 
meanor, his special dignity. No one challenges his perfect 
right to do just about anything he pleases. 

I've just described the bull that the brokerage firm of 
Merrill Lynch uses to advertise its services. That company 
chose a bull to emphasize the uniqueness and effectiveness 
of its program. The phrase "A Breed Apart" is emphasized 
over and over. 

Missionaries are also a breed apart. Some people are 
even afraid of them. After all, any person who would dare 
to uproot himself and his family and move overseas to do 
missionary work must be a very unusual character. Some 
people even hesitate to question what missionaries do, lest 
they appear to be waving a red flag of opposition or chal- 
lenge to their sacred calling. 

Our missionaries are not frightening, when you get to 
know them. They are very friendly, personable, ordinary 
people. They are a breed apart, however. 

God has separated them from the rest of us by a special 
calling (see Acts 13:2). They have seen the grip of sin upon 
the human spirit from a different perspective than most of 
us. They have broken out of the comfortable prison of 
American culture and walked boldly into places where 
they are only foreigners. They know the hurt of rejection, 
the fear of hostility, the ache of loneliness, the agony of 
discouragement. But they also know the joy of obedience 
to the Great Commission and the confidence that comes 
from serving the Lord. 

Some of that confidence also comes from knowing that, 
behind them, is a host of praying friends. ■ 



Those attending Candidate School were: (seated, I. to r.) Dan and MaryLou IVIoeiler, Brenda Welling, Vivien 
and Ted Ruiz; (standing I. to r.) Marlin and Sue Weaver, Paul and Sue Brook, Sally and Greg Stamm, and 
Marilyn and Bob Salazar. 

Candidate School 

It was the coldest Grace Brethren Foreign Missions 
Candidate School ever! The temperature dipped 
below zero daily, causing the Inhabitants and visitors 
of Winona Lake to venture outside only when neces- 

The 13 missionary candidates stayed warm inside 
the Missionary Residence. They were in Winona to 
learn, not enjoy the weather (and it's a good thing!). 

Classes started December 27, 1983, and ran 
through January 13, 1984. During that time, the 
candidates participated in classes of varying topics. 
Subjects covered included: adapting to culture, 
finances, health, strategy, photography, theological 
issues, church planting, relaxation, church growth, 
writing, interpersonal relationships, time manage- 
ment, discipleship, evangelism, home management, 
and personal Bible study. 

The candidates also took the Language Aptitude 
Test, Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis, Min- 
nesota Multi-Phasic Inventory, and had personal inter- 
views. It was a busy three weeks! 

Candidate School serves several purposes. It helps 
the candidate and Grace Brethren Foreign Missions to 
become acquainted with each other. It also helps pre- 
pare the candidate for living and serving effectively in 
a foreign mission context. 

During the sessions, the participants become better 
acquainted with the Grace Brethren Fellowship, its 
organizations, churches, programs, and people. They 
also are alerted to areas of practical understanding, 
controversial issues, or sociological problems related 
to world missions. 

Building personal relationships within the family 
of the mission is also a purpose of Candidate School, 
plus reinforcing the spiritual life, ministry of the 
Word, evangelistic objective, and local church relation- 
ships which the missionary must maintain. 

Another important aim is to establish a basis for 
appreciating and loving the national brethren with 
whom the candidate will work in order to reach the 
lost for Christ. Various classes also acquaint candi- 
dates with practical helps in preparation for service in 
foreign missions. 

That is a lot to cover in three weeks' time. Those 
attending sat in classes each weekday from 8:30 
a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

The fellowship was sweet, and all felt the time 
spent was worthwhile. 

Even though it was freezing outside, the warmth 
experienced by all who had a part in Candidate 
School radiated inside. ■ 


MARCH '84 


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Number 2 

The great day was on 
November 23 . General 
Andre Kolingba, presi- 
dent of the Central 
African Republic with 
many other people came 
here and honored Bata 
with their visit. 

He was received by all 
the people of the sta- 
tion, and the women 
from the School of 
Theology and Faculty 
presented a song to 
him. One of those women 



Elementary News Staff 

Cornelia Kammler- Editor 

Kraig Warnemuende -Assistant Editor 

Adam Kuns- Reporter 

Roswitha Kammler -Reporter 

Jonathan Austin -Reporter 

Emily Kuns -Reporter 

Nancy McMunn- Advisor 

A Special Visit 

Cornelia Kammler 

went up to him and gave 
him a bouquet of 
flowers which my mom 
prepared. The woman who 
gave him the bouquet 
got a kiss from him. 

After shaking hands 
with the people, he 
visited the Seminary 
and then he came to our 
school, too. 

He was at our school 
for about fifteen 
minutes. We decorated 
the blackboard with a 

greeting for him. Wheri 
the president and the ' 
people that came with j 
him saw the blackboard 
they took pictures of i 

it. ; 

We prepared for his j 
visit a long time j 
before he came. Houses! 
were painted and the j 
roads were fixed. 

He was very kind, and 
it was good to meet 

December 1983 

There and Here 

at Christmas 

by Adam Kuns 

ihristmas in Africa is 
If ferent from 
jiristmas in America 
')r a few reasons . 
,'or example, here in 
i;ntral Africa we have 
tastic trees instead 
i' the real trees we 
iid in the States . In 
16 states we went 
(lopping at many dif- 
prent stores, but here 
ji Central Africa we go 
! barrel shopping. ' ' 
^n the United States 
ij had a big, big din- 
[iv with turkey and 
i:'essing for 

jiristmas . Here in Cen- 
tal Africa we don't 
it quite the same din- 
;5r. We might eat rab- 
Lt or one of our own 

;3ut Christmas is still 
[in because we give and 
jst presents, and it is 
jtill Jesus' birthday. 

The People on 
the School Board 
by Emily Kuns 

There are five people 
on the school board. 
They are : Aunt Betty 
Hocking, Uncle Gary 
Austin, Nzoro; Aunt 
Janet Varner, Bata; Dr. 
Bill Walker, Boguila; 
and Aunt Carol Mens- 
inger, Yaloke. 

Thank you for making 
the school rules. 

in Switzerland 

Roswitha Kammler 

In Switzerland we 
prepare for Christmas 
by observing Advent. 
The four weeks before 
Christmas are called 
Advent, which means 
' 'coming, ' ' that is to 
say Jesus' coming. 

The first Sunday we 
light one candle, the 
second Sunday we light 
two candles, then three 
on the third Sunday, 
and the fourth Sunday 
we light four candles . 
The lighting of the 
candles is preparation 
for Christmas . 

The 6th of December is 
the day of Sankt 
Niklous. It is 
Catholic, so we don't 
observe it. 

Christmas Day is a 
feast of the family in 
Switzerland. Then peo- 
ple don't go around to 
eat, but stay home with 
their own family. 



"Hawks" at Bata 

by Kraig Warnemuende 

This year we chose 
' 'Bata Hawks' ' as our 
school emblem. 

One reason we chose 
' 'Hawks' ' was because 
they live here at Bata. 
They are bold, sharp, 
and strong which we 
should be to serve God. 

We voted from four 
different choices in- 
cluding ' 'Falcons' ' 
and ' 'Dolphins. ' ' 

The "Petit Prince" 
of Boguila 

by Cornelia Kammler 

The ' 'Petit Prince' ' 
is my brother, Michael 
Joachim. He received 
that name in Boguila 
from the nurses and 
doctor when he was 
first born. 

Michael is a lot of 
fun. He ' 'talks' ' a 
little bit and he 
stands up by himself, 
but he has fallen out 
of his stroller. He is 
6i months old now and 
he laughs a lot when he 
gets tickled. He likes 
to play with books and 


A large grill makes the perfect posing place for some MKs 
and teacher Nancy McMunn. Clockwise, starting from lower 
left: Roswitha Kammler, Kristofer Warnemuende, Adam Kuns, 
Jonathan Austin, Cornelia Kammler, Emily Kuns, and Nancy 
McMunn with little Kathleen Warnemuende on her lap. 

his own baby toys . He 
also likes to tear 
apart things. At night 
we put him into his big 
baby bed, and, when we 
wake up in the morning, 
he lies slanted on the 
other side of the bed. 
Sometimes he hits his 
head on the sides. He 

usually kicks his 
covers off and will lie 
on them instead of 
under them. It is fun 
watching him sit up in 
Mom's bed, and then 
seeing him falling 
over. Some babies 
usually do not want to 
sleep during the day, 
just like Michael. He 
outgrows clothes pret- 
ty fast. 

I am glad that he is my 
brother. I think that 
it would be boring 
without him. 


Those attending Sunday school during the special campaign assemble outside the Marambaia church. 

Reaching Out in Brazil 

church is averaging about 90 in its 
Sunday services. 

In a recent four-day campaign, 
22 decisions for Christ v\/ere made. 
Over 200 people attended one eve- 
ning meeting. Since it was the dry 
season, the meeting was held in a 
lot next to the church. The theme 

by Eddie Miller 

In October 1983, Eddie and 
Eileen Miller drove to Sao Paulo to 
attend the first Evangelism Explo- 
sion Clinic held in Brazil. They had 
been involved in this program last 
term, but this was the first time 
that all the material was available in 

Two Brazilian pastors from the 
Belem area went with the Millers. 
Tim Farner (from Uberlandia) was 
also there for the clinic. 

The two pastors returned to 
their homes very enthused and 
ready to start the Evangelism Ex- 
plosion program in their local chur- 
ches. In fact, three clinics will be 
held in 1984. The first will be in 
the Icoaraci church. This will be 
quite a challenge for the people. 

The Millers are also rejoicing in 
the victories in their work in 
Marambaia (Belem) this year. The 

Tim Farner, Pastor Joao Ferreiro, 
Pastor Aldo Carvalho, and Eddie Miller 
chat between sessions at the Evangelism Explosion clinic. 

for the campaign was "Where will 
you go when you die?" The other 
Grace Brethren churches in Belem 
cooperated with special music, 
preaching, and visitation. 

Pray for the churches in Brazil 
as they reach out to people with 
the good news of Jesus Christ. ■ 


MARCH '84 


GDC Christian Education 

Box 365, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 
Tel. 219/267-6622 

hoping to help 

in Christian 

Pastor Roy Halberg, President 

Ed Lewis, Director of Youtfi Ministr 

Brad Skiles, Director of Administrat 


<E[ight iVlgths in Sunday School 

They shape the way we think. The 
way our church ministers. 

Sometimes they are methods we've 
outgrown. Lil<e shoes two sizes too 
small, they may be restricting growth. 

"Someone said it once so it must be 
true." Or we just haven't taken the 
time to evaluate our methods and go 
with what works. 

They are principles that form the 
basis for the way we conduct Sunday 
school. The only problem . . . they are 

MYTH 1: It Has to Be Called Sunday 
School and Begin at 9:45. 

If pupils sit at desks, take notes, 
listen to lectures and receive letter 
grades, then perhaps "school" is a 
good term. 

But that hour or so before or after 
or even during a worship service 
should be more than a classroom ex- 
perience. It's fellowship. Group learn- 
ing and discovery. Interaction. A time 
to build deeper relationships. A chance 
to help new people feel warm and glad 
they have come. 

If those are our goals, then let's call 
it what it is: Family Bible Fellowships 
or Family Bible Classes. And then be 
more specific with: Adult Bible Fel- 
lowships and Youth Bible Fellowships. 

The freedom to change and be 
creative is our point. The name and 
the time shouldn't be engraved in 

MYTH 2: If the Seats Get Full, We 
Have to Build a New Building. 

That may be an ultimate need. But 
first try two Family Bible Fellowship 


hours, maybe back to back or on both 
sides of the morning service. Or, ex- 
pand to satellite locations in homes or 

There's more than one solution to a 
full house. Some are less expensive 
than others. 

MYTH 3: We Have to Follow a 
Quarter System. 

Especially in Adult Bible Fellow- 
ships, teaching one topic or series for 
twelve weeks should be an exception, 
rather than a rule. 

Variety is the key. 

The teacher who has the freedom 
and flexibility to do a four-week series 
on parenting, or two weeks on the 
meaning of Easter, or eight weeks in 
James, keeps his curriculum interesting 
and meeting the needs of the group. 

Quarterly lesson plans and materials 
from publishers are still valuable, but a 
teacher should have the freedom to 
condense the material or pick and 
choose lessons. 

MYTH 4: Serving Coffee or Refresh- 
ments Is a Gimmick. 

With fellowship as a goal, Fam 
Bible Fellowships need time des 
nated for sharing and mingling. Ther 
nothing special about Sanka or oran 
juice or doughnuts, but many churcf 
find that serving refreshments hel 
create a relaxed atmosphere a 
chance for sharing. A terrific practia 

MYTH 5: Attendance Campaigns A 

Maybe we see fewer attendan 
campaigns today because we've se 
many bad ones in the past. Like t 
church that used pictures of dogs 
represent each Sunday school class ai 
the class with the fewest visitors h 
their dog placed in the dog houi 

Campaigns are valuable, or can 

They work against apathy and chi 
lenge attenders to have a special ei 
phasis over a short period of tim 
Campaigns draw attention to the valj 
of Family Bible Fellowships and e 
courage the ministry to reach md 

Ith, and church growth 

/in Muggins, Timothy Teams Coordinator 
I Rike, SM/W Coordinator 


iWell planned and appropriate cam- 
ligns, tied in with the total church 
[nistry and lasting for just four or 
je weeks, significantly contribute to 
;; growth and ministry of the church. 

/TH 6: You're Not Supposed to 
ve Fun in Sunday School. 

Who says? 

] Family Bible Fellowships should be 
p. That doesn't promote 40 or 50 
inutes of tag and dodge ball, but it 
lians the teacher should creatively in 
live the students in the lesson. Skits 
lizzes, buzz groups, games, songs 
'pel discussions, films, and work 
jjets can complement the lesson. Stu 
ints challenged by the lesson and in 
jived in the learning process will find 
's experience more enjoyable and 
II return, perhaps with a friend. 

I/TH 7: Teachers Are Responsible 
r Socials and Follow-up. 

Shared responsibility is the goal. We 
!' the teacher and the church a dis- 
"vice when we ask teachers to care 
'r all aspects of the class. 

Having a class leader to help with 
ganization and socials, and class 
aeons to help with caring and follow- 
I, gives the teacher more time for 
eparation and to help train new lead- 
ship in the church. 

In children's classes, team teachers 
d assistants help to share the respon- 

VTH 8: Constant Electives Are 
salthy for Growth. 

If it results in attenders frequently 
oving from one class to another, fol- 
lA/ing the new offering of topics, then 
really works against growth. 

To best accomplish the fellowship 
al of Family Bible Fellowships, 
asses should be formed by age groups 

"need groups" (such as classes for 
igle parents or new believers). The 
mmon denominator of age or need 
■eps the same people returning to the 

same class for a long enough period of 
time to develop quality relationships. 
And, as attenders become comfortable 
with other attenders and enjoy the 
friendships, they are more likely to 
invite others and add more people to 

the class. 

Avoid letting myths squeeze the 
growth of your church. Continually 
evaluate your responsibilities in your 
church's Family Bible Fellowships and 
seek ways to be more effective. ■ 

GBC Christian Education's 

National Youth Worker's 

April 9-13, 1984 

Four Speakers With Help For 
Counseling Parents and Teens 

Ed Lewis, Director of 
Youth Ministries for 
CBC Cliristian Educa- 

Dr. Ross Campbell, 
M.D., psyctiiatrist and 
authior of ttie books 
How to Really Love 
Your Child and How 
to Really Love Your 
Teena ger 

Rory Wineka, Division 
Pastor of Youth 
Ministries at The 
Chapel in Akron, 

Kevin Huggins, 

Chaplain at Grace Col- 
lege and Timothy 
Team Coordinator for 
CBC Christian Educa- 


Ridgecrest Baptist Conference Center, 
Ridgecrest, North Carolina. Located in the 
picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains, the 
conference center is 18 miles east of 
Asheville, North Carolina. 

Special Series and Features: 

-l-low to Really Love Your Teenagers, 

Dr. Ross Campbell 
-How Big Is Your God, Rory Wineka 
-Teenage Foolishness', Kevin Huggins 
—Symposium on Re^l Life Youth 

Ministry Problems, Ed Lewis 


Husband/Wife Relationships 
Youth Pastors' Wives 
Effective Ministries to Post Hi and Singles 
Recruiting and Training Youth Sponsors 
Handling Cliques 
Developing Leadership in Youth 
Helping Kids Grasp a Burden for People 
And More! 


Total cost of the conference is $185. 
Preregistration is $85 due by March 1, 1984 
with the balance due at arrival. A $10 late 
fee will be charged for registration after 
March 1, 1984. 

Call or write CBC Christian Education for 
more information and a schedule of the 

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(Training in Missionary Endeavor 

More than a Secretary 

Jana at work in Stuttgart 

With a goal to help relieve Grace Brethren 
missionaries of a secretarial burden, Jana 
Cunningham left for Stuttgart, West Germany, 
on January 1, 1982. She returned one year later 
having accomplished more than filing and 

"She was a tremendous support to us," 
writes Roger Peugh, Grace Brethren field super- 
intendent for West Germany. "Since seeing the 
effect of her secretarial skills on the general 
work pattern and output of our missionary 
team, we wonder why we had waited so long to 
request secretarial help." 

As secretary for the field, Jana was responsible for English-language correspondence tc 
supporting churches, prospective candidates and the many missionary prayer-partners 
She also cared for the missions' bookkeeping while one missionary was on furlough and 
organized congregational records so a future transition to German leadership couk 

Jana's twelve months in Stuttgart took her outside the office. During her free time sh« 
developed a discipleship ministry with Tsehai, a new convert living next to the churcfl 
building; and a friendship with Daniela, another German woman in the community| 
"Knowing how to minister to Daniela was a challenge, writes Jana. "She had a highj 
pressured background and was beginning to withdraw from God." With time, Jana wai 
able to share Christ with Daniela and help her understand the Gospel. 

Jana Cunningham returned to her home church. North Long Beach Brethren ChurchI 
Long Beach, California, on December 26, 1983. She returns with a sense of fulfillment 
having accomplished the task of helping the missionaries, and a new burden for the minisi 
try in Germany. ■ 


MARCH '84 



n Roy Polman began his ministry on January 1 at the 
Grace Community Church of Rialto, CA. His father, 
Gerald Polman, had pastored the same church a 
number of years ago. "It's a little like 'coming 
home,'" Roy said. 

Roy's address is 986 W. Grove, Rialto, CA 92376. 

n "In a special New Year's Eve service at Ft. Sill, OK, 
32 Army soldiers and dependents gathered to cele- 
brate the threefold communion service. Led by 
Brethren chaplains John Patrick and Duane Jones, 
the group enjoyed a wonderful time of teaching and 
fellowship." These chaplains would appreciate the 
prayer support of the Fellowship for their Grace 
Brethren Bible Study Fellowship. 

D Jim Dickson has just been extended a year at San 
Miguel Naval Communication Station in the Philip- 
pines. His rotation date will be August 1985. 

D Don Staley has accepted the pastorate of the 
Friendship Grace Brethren Church in Covington, 
OH. His address is 139 N. Wall Street, Covington, OH 
45318 (Tel. 513/473-2429). 

n Dan Eshleman celebrated his twentieth anniversary 
of his ministry in the Brethren Church at a surprise 
party hosted recently by his family and the congrega- 
tion of the Valley GBC, Hagerstown, MD. Approxi- 
mately 80 friends, along with his family, joined in 
the celebration. The congregation presented Mr. 
Eshleman with a money tree, and his family gave him 
an attache case. 

Mr. Eshleman has pastored churches in Findlay, 
OH; Stratford, NJ; Roanoke and Virginia Beach, VA; 
and has served as pastor of the Valley GBC for six 
years. He is a graduate of Grace College and Grace 
Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, IN. 

(Continued on page 36) 

Giving a Helping Hand 

A ministry to widows is an important part of the ministry of the 
Board of Ministerial Retirement. When a pastor dies, his widow is not 
forgotten nor neglected if there is a financial need facing her in the 
future. A few testimonials help us to see the importance of continuing 
the support to faithful women who shared in their husband's ministry: 

". . . we never received a large amount of social 
security. We both w/orked when wages were small. 
However, the Lord has always supplied our 'need' and 
we praise Him for it. I am depending on Him now and 
will thank Him for what He supplies. If you feel you 
should continue to send the check, I'm sure it will be 
used to His glory. I will thank you. " 

". . . yes, I will need the monthly check. My income 
will be quite limited. I do appreciate so much this re- 
tirement benefit that my husband has received for a 
number of years. " 

". . . at present time, I am trying to establish an in- 
come for myself. Our income from our churches had 
been so small, sometimes less than the janitor because 
my husband was a giver and not a taker. I would ap- 
preciate the monthly check until I at least get things 
worked out here for an income and know more about 
the outgo." 

We must continue to provide help for these widows. We dare not fail. But this can only be done as you, 
churches and even individuals, supply the financial gifts so we, as a conference appointed board, can do the job. 
Send all contributions and requests for more information to Pastor Clair E. Brickel, 14319 Brookville-Pyrmont 
Road, Brookville, Ohio 45309. 


MARCH '84 






"As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the 
word, that ye may grow thereby:" (1 Peter 2:2) 

Jfissionary SBlrtMays 


May 1984 

(If no address is listed, the address can be found pages 31 -33 of the 
1984 Grace Brethren AnnualJ 


Michael Hoyt May 16, 1975 

Kathryn Hoyt May 13, 1974 

Rev. Stan Nairn May 15 

Philip Hoyt May 16, 1971 


Mrs. Dorothy Hodgdon May 13 

Central African Republic 

Mrs. Denise Skeen May 1 

Nathan Stallter May 3, 1979 

Sy Belohlavek May 6, 1980 

Mrs. Berta Kuns May 1 1 

Michael Kammler May 18, 1983 

Sheri Vnasdale May 19, 1968 

Mr. Werner Kammler May 30 


Mrs. Vicki DeArmey May 5 

Rev. Larry DeArmey May 9 

Rev. John Viers May 21 


Mrs. Becky Pappas May 1 


Rev. Clay Hulett May 14 

In Language Study 

Mrs. Martha Hines May 23 

In the United States 

Jay Hocking May 1, 1979 

Rev. Buzz Inboden May 30 

Offering ©pportunity 

Grace Brethren Foreign Missions 

This year's project is to help toward a down payment for houses for our missionaries in England. 

Goal: $10,000 

Send before June 10, 1984 


Birthday Offering to be received during the year toward the support of the WMC Birthday Missionaries, 

honoring their years of service. We suggest a minimum of $1.50 a year per member. Send before June 10, 


:2o MARCH '84 WMC I 

I was stretched out on the couch. I didn't 
feel good — headache again — and the medi- 
cine made me feel depressed. 

"Listen to this," began my husband as he 
read aloud an article about the Black Hole in 
outer space from Science Digest, ending with 
"Wonder if that might be what hell's like." 

I didn't feel good. I was depressed. And 
now I was thinking about hell ! 

Tears made my eyes burn; I wouldn't want 
anyone to go there. I thought of our new 
little grandson and prayed that he would ac- 
cept Christ as his Saviour at an early age. I 
thought of future grandchildren, and their 
children, and their children until Jesus comes 
back, and I asked God that, if it be His will, 
they would all be saved. 

I picked up my Bible and began to read. 

In a while I smiled, with my face and with 
my heart. I reached for a pen to underline this 
verse of promise, "And all thy children shall 
be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the 
peace of thy children" (Isa. 54:13, emphasis 
mine). — Irene Anderson, Placerville, Cali- 

Birthday Missionaries for 1983-84 

Mrs. June Immel — C.A.R. 

Mrs. Denise Skeen - C.A.R. 

Mrs. Claudia Schrock — Puerto Rico 

Mrs. Dorothy Hodgdon — Brazil 

Mrs. Linda Mensinger — C.A.R. 

— "At each meeting we are enjoying a time 
for one of our members to give us a report on a 
book or tape that is part of our church library. 
Our WIVIC is providing our library with some 
new books, too." — Aiken, South Carolina 

— One WIVIC circle has had personal showers 
for the girls in its church who have gone on 
Barnabas, Nehemiah, and EuroMissions teams 
prior to their leaving for their summer ministry. 

— "Each lady brought a salad, and we met a 
half hour earlier than usual for a salad supper. 
The circle in charge provided the beverage, 
rolls, and butter. After the meeting we had des- 
sert." — Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 

— A Navajo Missions night was sponsored by 
another WMC. The entire meeting was centered 
around the mission and learning about the 
people who live and work there. The group 
showed the slide tape presentation, "Ashti," 
which gave the ladies real insight into the minis- 
try of the school there. For their fellowship 
time, all the ladies learned to make Indian fry 
bread. They had a great time making it, and, of 
course, eating it! 

— "We have prayer favors each month. We 
put our name on it and a personal prayer re- 
quest, then we trade! The favors stick on the 
refrigerator where we can see the request and 
pray for one another through the month." — 
Orlando, Florida 

— If you fiave an idea or a program you 
would like to share with other WMC ladies, 
please jot it down and send it to: Nora Macon, 
705 Terrace Dr., Winona Lake, IN 46590. 

A Ministry of 

Grace College and 

Grace Theological Seminary 

Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Enjoy an evening with Expressions 

Coming to 
Your Area! 

Experience an engaging program that will 
captivate you. 

You'll laugh and be entertained and when you 
least expect it, you'll be confronted with 
Truth and be challenged to experience it. 

Expressions . . . communicating Truth 

Saturday, March 31 

Thursday, April 5 

Washington, DC, Area 


High School Chapel 

Cottage Meetings 

Lancaster Christian School 
Lancaster, PA 

Sunday, April 1 


Washington, DC, Area Churches 


Cottage Meetings 



North Atlantic District 

Suitland High School Auditorium 

Friday, April 6 

Monday, April 2 


Chapel Services (DC Area) 
Cannp Springs Christian School 


High School Chapel 
Milton Hershey School 
Hershey, PA 

Temple Hills Christian School 



Good and Plenty Restaurant 

Tuesday, April 3 

Lancaster, PA 


High School Assembly 
South High School 

Saturday, April 7 


District Youth Rally 

Hagerstown, MD 

Lancaster Christian School 


Cottage Meetings (Hagerstown, MD) 
Youth night 

Lancaster, PA 

Williamsport High School Gymnasium 

Sunday, April 8 



Wednesday, April 4 

Lancaster, PA, Area 


High School Assembly 



Williamsport High School 

Host Farms Resort 

Williamsport, MD 

Lancaster, PA 


Williamsport High School Auditorium 




Dr. Stephen A. Grill 

Assistant Academic Dean, 
Professor of Speech! Com- 
Birthdate: September 16, 1948 
Salvation: July 1956 
Education: B.A., Grace College 
M.A., Ball State Uni- 
versity, 1972 
Ed.D., Ball State Uni- 
versity, 1978 
Favorite Biblical Books: 

Colossians, 1 and 2 Timothy 
Favorite Scripture: Colossians 

4:5-6; Romans 5:1-5 
Favorite Topics of Discussion: 
Politics, History (Civil War and 
American Revolution), Travel, 

Favorite Subject to Teach: Intro- 
duction to Speech Com- 

Joined Grace Faculty: Fall 1971 

Marriage: May 23, 1971, to B. 

Hobbies: Running, Study of 
History, Reading, Sports 

Latest Accomplishment: Completed 
my second marathon (26.2 miles) 

JiearYe! JikarYel 

rhe 1183 -IIM 
yConor Roll of Churches 

MARCH '84 


Church, Pastor, City/State 



Total 1 

Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church 
Winona Lake, IN (Charles Ashman) 



55 ' 


Community Grace Brethren Church 
Warsaw, IN (David Plaster) 




Pleasant View Community Church 
Warsaw, IN (Ivan French) 





Grace Brethren Church 
Columbus, OH (James Custer) 




First Baptist Church 
Warsaw, IN (Larry Overstreet) 




Grace Brethren Church 
Wooster, OH (Robert Fetterhoff) 



20 1 


Fellowship Baptist Church 
Warsaw, IN 




Grace Brethren Church 
Osceola, IN (Keith Shearer) 




Woodville Grace Brethren Church 
Mansfield, OH (Robert Russell) 



Christ Covenant Church 
Warsaw, IN (Larry McCall) 





New Holland Grace Brethren Church 
New Holland, PA (Robert Divine) 




Community Gospel Church 
Bremen, IN (Herman Hueni) 




Living Gospel Church 
Nappanee, IN (Otto Beer) 





Grace Brethren Church 
Ashland, OH 




First Baptist Church 
Elkhart, IN (Daniel Gellatt) 




Grace Brethren Church 

Peru, IN (Ron Bowland, Interim) 



8 1 

Lehigh Valley Grace Brethren Church 
Bethlehem, PA (Ron Guiles) 




Ghent Grace Brethren Church 
Roanoke, VA (Kenneth Teague) 



' \ 

Blackhawk Baptist Church 

Fort Wayne, IN (Richard Hawks) 



' \ 

Grace Brethren Church 
Goshen, IN (Kenneth Bickel) 




Church. Pastor. City/State 

College Seminary Total 

First Baptist Church 7 

iVlishawalo, IN (David IVIilier) 
Sidney Grace Brethren Church 6 

Sidney, IN (Darrell Taylor) 
Chapel in University Park 5 

Akron, OH (Knute Larson) 
Bellflow/er Brethren Church 4 

Bellflower, CA (Edwin Cashnnan) 
First Baptist Church 6 

Goshen, IN (Louis Showers) 
Calvary Baptist Church 1 

Oswego, IN (Dale Parker) 
Harmony Bible Church 6 

Danville, lA (Edward Davis) 
Grace Brethren Church 6 

Hagerstown, IVID 

Highland Park Baptist Church 7 

Southfield, Mi (Joseph Stowell) 
Grace Brethren Church 5 

Trotwood, OH (Charles Lawson) 
Grace Brethren Church 5 

Lititz, PA (Jerry Young) 
Grace Brethren Church 5 

Kent, WA (David IVIarksbury) 
Waimalu Grace Brethren Church 4 

Aiea, HI (James Kennedy) 
Grace Brethren Church 3 

Elkhart, IN (Everett Caes) 
Sugar Grove Church 4 

Goshen, IN (Alan Dollar) 
Indian Heights Grace Brethren Church 5 

Kokomo, IN (IVlichael Johnson) 
Grace Brethren Church 2 

Leesburg, IN (Howard Downing) 
Ireland Road Grace Brethren Church 
South Bend, IN (Scott Weaver) 
Bethany Bible Chapel 
Warsaw, IN (Richard Lehman) 
Pleasant Valley Community Church 
Warsaw, IN (Fred Drye) 
Grace Brethren Church 
Temple Hills, MD (James Dixon) 
Calvary Baptist Church 
Hazel Park, IVll (David Allen) 
Fairlawn Brethren Church 
Akron, OH (Kenneth Brown) 
Southview Grace Brethren Church 
Ashland, OH 
Grace Brethren Church 
Canton, OH (Terrance Taylor) 
Grace Brethren Church 
Norton, OH (Bob Combs) 
Myerstown Grace Brethren Church 
Myerstown, PA (Luke Kauffman) 
Uniontown Grace Brethren Church 
Uniontown, PA (True Hunt) 

Dr. John A. Sproule 

Professor of New Testament 

and Greek 
Birthdate: April 11, 1927 
Salvation: at age 13 
Education: Cumberland College 

U.S. Army Signal Corps, 
Radio Operation 
Trainings Instructor 
B.S., University of 

Diploma, Indiana Bible 

Th.M., Dallas Theo- 
logical Seminary 
Th.D., Grace Theo- 
logical Seminary 
Favorite Biblical Books: Hebrews, 
Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, 
Galatians (to name a few) 
Favorite Scripture: Revelation 
1:5-6, 2 Corinthians 3:18, and 
many morel 
Favorite Topics of Discussion: 
Theology (especially Christol- 
ogy). New Testament Greek 
Grammar and Hermeneutics, 
Eschatology, Preaching and 
Preachers, Pulpit Problems 
Favorite Subject to Teach: Greek 
and Greek Exegesis of Biblical 
Books, especially Hebrews and 
Joined Grace Faculty: Fall, 1976 
Marriage: October 10, 1954, to 

Virginia Lee 
Children: Lynne (23) 
Hobbies: Tennis, Golf, Playing 

Drums (trap set) 
Latest Accomplishment: Completed 
Dissertation (Exegetical Defense 
of Pretribulationism) and con- 
ferral of Th.D. degree (May 


Eleven Seniors Honored 
In Who's Who 

Dr. Vance Yoder, academic dean of Grace College, 
has announced the selections for the 1984 edition of 
Who's Who Among Students in American Universities 
and Co/leges. 

The eleven students selected by the college for 
distinction include: Jerry Abbitt, Phoenix, Arizona; 
Susanne Bauer, Streamwood, Illinois; Peter Bitner, 
Hagerstown, Maryland; John Boal, Connellsville, 
Pennsylvania; Juanita Damon, South Bend, Indiana; 
Kimberly Kyle, South Bend, Indiana; Karen Lentz, 
Nappanee, Indiana; David McClellan, Kent, Washing- 
ton; Timothy Poyner, Hagerstown, Maryland; Leslie 
Rice, Louisville, Kentucky; and Steven Winey, Orr- 
ville, Ohio. 

Students are selected for nomination to Who's 
Who on the basis of academic achievement, service to 
the community, leadership in extracurricular activi- 
ties, and future potential. They join an elite group of 
students selected from more than 1,500 institutions 
of higher learning in all 50 states, the District of 
Columbia, and several foreign nations. Outstanding 
students have been honored in the annual directory 
since it was first published in 1934. 

Front row, left to right: Susanne Bauer, Karen 
Lentz, Kim Kyle, Leslie Rice, Juanita Damon. 
Back row: Tim Poyner, Dave McClellan, Peter 
Bitner, Steve Winey, Jerry Abbitt. Not pictured, 
John Boal. 

A Blessing to Grace Schools 

The Administration, Faculty, Staff, and Students 
of Grace College and Grace Theological Seminary 
wish to thank these industries, businesses and their 
employees for their participation in an Employee 
Matching Gift Program for Higher Education: 

Amoco Foundation, Inc. 
Appleton Papers, Inc. 
Berwind Corporation 
Burlington Industries 
Digital Equipment Corporation 
Eli Lilly and Company 

Fairchild Industries 

Ford Motor Company 

General Mills 


International Business Machines 


In Memory of : 

George E. Cone, Sr. 
IVirs. M. T. Fariss 
Dust in Heath Jeffers 
Dr. Herman Koontz 

Bernard Schneider 
Leila Witzky 

Given by : 

Norma Welters 
Mrs. W. H. Greenwood 
Miss Mary M. Kyker 
Mrs. W. H. Greenwood 
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Ringler 
Rev. W. H. Schaffer 
Millicent M. Stutzman 
Gail Howie 


Living IVIemorials, 

200 Seminary Drive, 

Winona Lake, IN 46590 


Letters to the Editor 

Dear Editor, 

This is in response to the letter 
from Alaska. I sense, in a way, what 
she is driving at, especially since I 
am more or less an "isolated Breth- 
ren." I have had very good fellow- 
ship in a Bible-believing church; 
however, I do miss the "Brethren 
distinctives" — trine immersion and 
the threefold communion service. 
However, the communion services 
here have been varied, informative 
and Christ-centered. The "back- 
ward" baptism frightened me the 
first time I saw it, and several times 
since, because the pastor is not 
large of stature, and has had some 
close calls when immersing larger 

I feel if the Brethren are to 
remain a fellowship, the distinctives 
must be maintained. Isn't it an 
established fact that when joining 
any organization, one must adhere 
to the principles already set forth 
and not ask the organization to 
change so one can join? Just think 
what a conglomeration of rules and 
principles would accumulate if 
everyone joining did that! 

I must admit to having had 
mixed emotions with the thought 
of rebaptism, but here again is that 
special fellowship of believers. One 
Bible-teaching church I'm acquainted 
with omits baptism altogether, but 
they still have the communion 
service. Could this not also happen 
in the Brethren Fellowship if the 
principles were changed? Once 
they are loosened, what is to keep 
them from future changes? 

In one Brethren church I 
attended, there was one family who 
always came to communion after 
the feet-washing service was com- 
pleted. I know we don't stress 
humility in this service, but in 
discussions I've had with non- 
Brethren I sense that many folk are 
too proud to do such an act. It's 
unbelievable to them and they 
shrink back from the thought that 
there are churches that conduct 
such services in this day and age! 
To them, washing another's feet is a 
picture of doing good deeds, which 

seems farfetched to me, especially 
since Jesus demonstrated His good 
deeds in so many other ways. 

Regarding community activity, 
shouldn't that be a personal matter 
as long as it's well balanced with 
church and home activities? Then 
it's up to the individual to display 
his personal testimony, which 
should reflect both Christ and the 

Thanks for listening to me. — 
Midwest ■ 

Dear Editor, 

I feel compelled to do a very 
rare thing for me — write a letter to 
the editor, but I feel I must state 
my views in answer to the editorial 
from "Alaska," Jan. 1984. 

Thank God, first of all, for a 
denomination that preaches and 
teaches 'The Bible, the Whole Bible 
and Nothing But the Bible." May 
this be the doctrine of faith of the 
Grace Brethren Fellowship until 
our Lord returns. 

I, too, am concerned when I 
read the figures of the growth of 
GBC, but having been a member of 
GBC since 1938, 1 feel I am qualified 
to state my views. 

In those days, men of God 
labored to establish a fellowship 
true to the Word of God, as inter- 
preted in the Bible. I refer to such 
men as Louis Bauman, R. Paul 
Miller, Alva J. McClain, and many 
others. More than once I heard 
them implore the congregations to 
remain true to the Word, as God 
rewards faithfulness. 

I have found many times when 
people have left the Fellowship, it 
was not because of too much 
spirituality; but because of worldly 
trends having crept in as wolves in 
sheep's clothing. I feel every mem- 
ber of the Grace Brethren Fellow- 
ship should be required to uphold 
the doctrines of the denomination. 

Concerning Baptism (Matt. 
3:16) — after Christ's baptism. He 
came up out of the water, which I 
interpret as meaning immersion, 
and Matthew 28: 19 commands bap- 

tizing in the name of the Father, 
and of the Son, and of the Holy 
Ghost — trine immersion. 

I know of no secular organiza- 
tion that allows a person to become 
a member under another organiza- 
tion's rules. For instance, you 
cannot join the Moose lodge under 
the Elks' rules. Could the Church 
of Jesus Christ do any less? I pray 
not. — Maryland ■ 

Dear Editor, 

The letter to the Editor which 
appeared in the January 1984 issue 
of the Herald calls for a speedy 

I have no interest in engaging in 
what has already been going on in 
our Fellowship too long already- 
battling over doctrinal practices 
within our church. 

But this I see: Several years ago 
communist leaders said that they 
did not expect to turn the U.S. into 
a communist state over night, but 
that by administering small doses of 
socialism, we would eventually have 
communism. Our Brethren Church 
did not, nor will not, fall from our 
historic teachings over night, but 
with small doses of what we have 
been getting, and now have in this 
printed letter (January 1984 
Herald), we will eventually fall 
from our once-held biblical position. 

Jesus gave us a solemn question: 
"When the Son of man cometh, 
shall He find faith on the earth?" 
(Luke 18:8). If I understand the 
word "faith" correctly, it means 
faithfulness, steadfastness; and has 
to do with "belief in the whole 
body of revealed truth" (Scofield 
Reference Bible, 1917 edition, pg. 

Furthermore, Christians who 
lovingly obey what they believe the 
Word of God teaches should not be 
accused of being "legalistic." 

I am certain of one other matter. 
Our obsession for reporting big 
numbers cannot impress God. Man's 
bloated records God will cast into 
His hottest fire, and at the judgment 
reveal His own. — Iowa ■ 



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clianae yeur annual 

Charles Flowers, Box 443, Fulton, TX 78358 /Dave 
Hitchman, 151 Sturges Ave., Mansfield, OH 44903/ 
Roy Polman, 986 W. Grove, Rialto, CA 92376 / Doug 
Sabin, R. 1, Box C152, Milroy, PA 17063 /Don 
Staley, 139 N. Wall St., Covington, OH 45318 (Tel. 
513/ 473-2429) / Roger Wambold, 335 Clemens Rd. 
Harleysville, PA 19438/ R. Donald Weltmer, 2231 
Swatara St., Harrisburg, PA 17104 /Robert Wilson, 
P. O. Box 1735, Grass Valley, CA 95945 / The phone 
number for the North Pole, AK, is 488-1789 /The 
zip code for the GBC of Hemet, CA, should be 
92344 / Correspondence for the pastor and/or the 
Grace Brethren Chapel (no longer in existence) 
should be sent to 420 W. Market St., Canal Fulton, 
OH 44641. 


A six-month subscription to the Herald is given to newlyweds 
whose addresses are supplied by the officiating minister. 

Wendy Adams and Jerry Stover, Jan. 14, Harrah Brethren 
Church, Harrah, WA. Charles Winter, pastor. 
Tracy Hoffman and Alan Web, Sept. 3, Grace Brethren 
Church, Ashland, OH. Knute Larson, pastor. 
Dana Horn and Andrew Funk, Dec. 23, Valley Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Hagerstown, MD. Daniel Eshleman, pastor. 
Natalie Rishel and David Garner, Oct. 15, Susquehanna Grace 
Brethren Church, Wrightsville, PA. Leslie Nutter, pastor. 
Ruth Stevuart and Denny Harris, Sept. 4, Grace Brethren 
Church, Ashland, OH. Knute Larson, pastor. 
Melissa Swartzwelder and Brian Baker, Grace Brethren 
Church, Everett, PA. Homer Lingenfelter, pastor emerius; 
and Dan Naugle. 

Lisa Weaver and Bill Seder, Dec. 17, Grace Brethren Church, 
Ashland, OH. 

Jill Zebell and Kevin Yohe, Grace Brethren Church, Goshen, 
IN. Kenneth Bickel, pastor. 

D Doug Sabin is the new pastor of the Milroy GBC, 
Milroy, PA. His address is: R 1, Box C152, Milroy, 
PA 17063. 

DThe Grace Brethren Church of Beaver City, NB, 
will be hosting the 1984 Mountain-Plains District Fel- 
lowship of GBC June 7-10. This will be in conjunc- 
tion with the one-hundredth anniversary celebration 
of the Beaver City church. 

All former pastors and families, and all other indi- 
viduals, are invited to attend. If you 
plan to attend, information should 
be sent to the people of Beaver City 
church by May 1, also the time of 
your arrival and the number that 
will be in your party. Pastor 
Hawkins stated that a new 8-room 
motel has been erected in his town. 

D Jack Devereaux, a member of the GBC in Middle- 
branch, OH, has been presented the "Herald of 
Christ" award of the Christian Service Brigade, and 
was featured in their Venture magazine. 

As a member of Operation Barnabas, he said, 
"Operation Barnabas was a valuable short-term 
program; Brigade was always there for me. It had 
long-range value." 


Death notices must be submitted in writing by the pastor. 

DARBY, Clyta, 90, Dec. 26. Basore Road Grace Brethren 
Church, Dayton, OH. Russell Ward, pastor. 
DARBY, IVIeredith, 74, Nov. 22. Grace Brethren Church, 
Lake Odessa, Ml. Bill Stevens, pastor. 

DOMBEK. Joe, 69, Jan. 23. Joe, a Christian artist and design 
engineer, bore a fearless Christian witness. His ministry in 
chalk art took him to camps, campgrounds, and many chur- 
ches; his last appearance (the 1,900) was in his home church 
(Winona Lake Grace Brethren, Winona Lake, IN) in June. His 
artwork expanded to Christian publications, such as the 
Brethren Missionary hierald, BMH quarterlies, and for the 
Grace Brethren Boys ministry, in which he was engaged at 
the time of his death. He had also been a member of the 
Board of Evangelism, having served for many years. Charles 
Ashman, pastor. 

KINSLEY, Goldie, 76, Jan. 1. Grace Brethren Church, 
Middlebranch, OH. Wesley Haller, pastor. 
KNEPPER, Lulu, Nov. 23. Grace Brethren Church, York, PA. 
Kenn Cosgrove, pastor. 

KOONS, Paul, Jan. 2. Grace Brethren Church, Orange City, 
FL. Kenneth Koontz, pastor. 

KUHN, Geneva, First Brethren Church, Fort Wayne, IN. 
Services were held in Wadsworth, OH, with Pastors Galen 
Lingenfelter, Richard Sellers, and Bub Olszewski partici- 
pating. Galen Lingenfelter, pastor. 

KUHN, Opal, Dec. 6. Bethel Brethren Church, Berne, IN. 
Larry Edwards, pastor. 

LESH, Ethel, Oct. 30. Grace Brethren Church, West Alexan- 
dria, OH. Percy Miller, pastor. 

MEYERS, John, 86, Jan. 1. Meyersdale Grace Brethren 
Church, Meyersdale, PA. Ray Davis, pastor. 
PYNE, Florence, 97, Nov. 21. Grace Brethren Church, Win- 
chester, VA. Gerald Allebach, pastor. 

SHANK, Clarence, Sept. 28. Grace Brethren Church, West 
Alexandria, OH. Percy Miller, pastor. 

SHORB, Michelle Dawn, 9, Jan. 11. Services were conducted 
in Highland, IN, with Pastor Gordon Bracker assisting in the 

WAGGONER, Mary, Aug. 13. Grace Brethren Church, West 
Alexandria, OH. Percy Miller, pastor. 

WHITE, Genevieve, 72, Sept. 4. Aleppo Brethren Church, 
Aleppo, PA, Stephen Roediger, pastor. 


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I must -frankly admit to my -fascination with all o-f the new 
products D-f the electronic age. I was one o-f the -first on the block 
to buy a home computer. The cost was high and I paid about *1,500 
for one which later sold at *49.95. You guessed it — I bought a Te;-;as 
Instruments 99/4. Then I also bought a small hand-held calculator 
and the price o-f getting in early was high. I paid $299.00 -for my 
-first one and now the price -for a better product is about *5.00. 

I must admit I had to get a look at the new Seiko wristwatch 

TV, but I proudly walked away -from the encounter without buying. The 

cost was high and the picture quality just le-ft a little bit to be 

desired. But the word is out when there is something new around — see 
Charlie, he will buy! 

Having put mysel-f on the side o-f progress, 1 do have some 
critical things to say. I do resent all of the ads on TV and in the 
magazine about computers. The ads place humanity in one o-f two 
categories — those with a computer and the balance o-f mankind in the 
group o-f those helplessly lost in a sea of ignorance. We are being 
told that i -f our children do not have? a computer in their possession 
we have -failed them and £tre not even suited to be parents. It 
reminds you of the tactics of selling insurance or, an even worse 
comparison, of 'the methods used in selling those millions of unread 

The ont^ that really upsets me is the commercial which has the 
enlightened child helping his parent find the way to knowledge by 
overcoming the fear of a computer. The child hopes that dad can make 

With my devotion to my owri personal computer, which is now 
aiding me to do this editorial in half the former time, I do have 
some further problems. Though a new PC (personal computer) can check 
40,000 words for spelling, the major problem I have with it is — it is 
not personal. It is cold and calculating (please excuse) and very 
humbling in its work. 

Reflections By Still Waters 

by Charles W. Turner 


The computer can make mistakes on massive scales and produce 
problems that iiirE! almost unsolvable. What was to be a one-hundred- 
dollar check can become hundreds of thousands in the printout. The 
computer levels e'verything to numbers and digits on printout sheets. 
Where once we had a name, now we i^re just another number. All of the 
junk mail that comes pouring in each day and looks so personal is 
just another printout, sheet bought from a business that does nothing 
more than collect and sell names and itddresses. I received in the 
mail this week an ad that offered to supply the names and addresses 
of almost any list of names that -/ou could think of needing. You 
could buy lists of doctors, ministers, churches, subscribers to the 
best financial magazines. You could buy lists of people whose 
incomes were between $25,000 and $50,000 and another list of people 
who made over $50,000. You could select the groups by states or 
regions or cities. They are all available to send your mailings to 
the different groups straight from the computer. 

So the age of being a hidden soul with an unknown address is 
gone. You are on a list somewhere and the impersonal computer will 
find you. But there is someone else who knows where we are, and 
who we are, and what we are. His knowledge and interest are much 
greater than that of mankind, because God seeks us out for our own 
good. He? promises to save and preserve and bless us, and if we will 
believe, He assures us that we will be placed on the list of the 
redeemed whose place will be in Heaven. 


No. 4 April 1984 

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Editor, Charles Turner 
Managing Editor, Kenneth Herman 
Artist, Mary Jane Fretz 
Editorial Secretary, Omega Sandy 
Departmental Editors: 
Christian Education: 

Ed Lewis, Brad Skiles 
Foreign Missions: 

John Zielasko, Nora Macon 
Grace Brethren Boys: 

Mike Ostrander 
Grace Brethren Men: 
Harold Hollinger 
Grace Schools: 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr. 
Denny Brown 
Home Missions: 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer, Liz Cutler 
Women's Missionary Council: 
Nora Macon 


6 The Church in a Convent 

8 1983 Record of Giving to Grace Brethren Foreign 


12 Missions Do Not Pay (They Cost!) 

14 Winter "Sports" at the Grace Brethren Navajo Mission 

16 Design-Build - Does It Really Save? 

18 Smith Assists in Architectural Design 

20 Commonplace Providence 

22 Youth Ministry in the Local Church 

24 Help for Preparing an Evangelistic Testimony 

31 Homespun 

32 Director of Development Richard G. Messner Resigns 
35 Focus on Faculty 

bmh features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 
• Feature Article 4 • BMH News Report 28 • 

repcrted in the herald 

35 YEARS AGO - 1949 

Home Missions reported the largest of- 
fering in its history, totaling $95,415.25. 
. . . Thirty-two Christian people in Martins- 
burg, West Virginia, met to organize a new 

25 YEARS AGO - 1959 

Lois Miller completed her work at 
Frontier Nursing Service in Hyden, Ken- 
tucky, in preparation to going to the 
mission field in Africa. . . . Plans were laid 
for a Christian day school by the Grace 
Brethren Church, Hagerstown, Maryland. 

5 YEARS AGO - 1979 

Chaplain Emiyn Jones was accepted into 
the College of Chaplains, an organization for 
chaplain clergy who have completed clinical 
pastoral education. 


in Response to "You Know You Are 
in Trouble When ..." 

"You nnade my entire day with the 
editorial." - Indiana 

"I have appreciated very nnuch your 
'editorship' of the Brethren Mission- 
ary Herald and especially your edi- 
torials lately. You write so clearly and 
to the point of need in the church to- 
day. The February "Reflections By 
Still Waters" made me smile and, as 
you said, "We may well cry," because 
your list was so apt, especially your 
closing reflection. Thanks so much 
for your ministry." — Ohio 

Cover: Marketplace in Chalon, France. 
Photo by Kent Good 




What's a Woman to Do 

• • 

What About Women 

as Leaders Over Men 

in the Church? 

by David R. Nicolas 

She was an outstanding Bible teacher, and part of 
a group of dedicated Christians committed to starting 
a new church. The new body of believers was des- 
perately short on personnel to teach Sunday school 
classes, particularly, the adult Sunday school class. 
The group, recognizing the woman's knowledge of 
the Word and ability to teach in an exciting and effec- 
tive manner, asked her to take the responsibility of 
teaching the adult class. Not wishing to place herself 
in a questionable position relative to the instruction 
of Scripture on this matter, she reluctantly agreed, 
with the understanding that as soon as a man who 
was qualified appeared on the scene, she would turn 
over her responsibilities to him. Sunday by Sunday as 
she taught, people were saved and matured in the 
knowledge of God's Word. The class experienced tre- 
mendous growth, and was a great asset to the fledgling 
church. Then one Sunday a qualified man joined the 
congregation, and true to her biblical convictions, this 
faithful woman insisted that the qualified man take 
over the responsibilities of teaching the adult class. 
The foundation had been laid well. She had done an 
excellent piece of work, but she knew that God 
wanted a qualified man to fill her role as teacher from 
then on. 

You may object, 'That doesn't seem right! It 
wasn't fair to the woman to have to give up the adult 
class that she worked so hard to build." Well, this was 
actually how one of America's most gifted women's 
Bible teachers reacted to being in the position of 
teaching men. She firmly believed that the Apostle 
Paul's admonition in 1 Timothy 2:12 should not be 
taken lightly, and although her heart was undoubted- 
ly in that class, she acted in accordance with what she 
believed was God's will. She honored what she re- 
garded as a high biblical principle, believing that God 
was in control and had an even more important task 
for her in the future. 

Now let me tell you about another woman. She 
had been trained in Christian education, and was in- 
vited by her pastor to serve in the church as Sunday 
school superintendent. As time went on, she and the 


young seminary-educated Christian education 
director (a man) developed a number of differences 
over how the Christian education department of the 
church should be run. She began to criticize the 
Christian education director in front of various 
church members and leaders. Finally, in a Sunday 
school leadership meeting, she openly assailed him for 
a variety of alleged failings, destroying his credibility 
as a leader and causing him to resign shortly there- 
after. After his departure, she was able to assume his 
position as director of Christian education, and at- 
tempted to implement her reforms and ideas in the 
church's program of Christian education. 

You may say, "Maybe the male Christian educa- 
tion director was incompetent or unqualified." But 
this was not the case, for he was qualified, education- 
ally. Furthermore, he possessed leadership gifts and 
was an ordained church leader. But the essential point 
is whether or not her actions in response to qualified 
male leadership in the church were appropriate in the 
light of Scripture. 

We have now seen two contrasting real-life situ- 
ations involving the attitudes of two women in posi- 
tions of either teaching or exercising leadership over 
men in the church. Was the first woman correct in 
feeling that because of what Paul says in 1 Timothy 
2: 1 2 she should not continue to teach the adult class, 
since there was a qualified man present? Was the 

n the Churcli? 

second woman justified in usurping authority over 
the male Christian education director because she 
wanted to run things her own way? Doubtless there 
are readers who will give opposing answers to these 
questions; however, let us turn our attention now to 
1 Timothy 2:12 and its context for the answer. 

In summarizing the interpretation of 1 Timothy 
2:8-15 by Letha Scanzoni and Nancy Hardesty \n All 
We're Meant to Be, Betty J. M. Bube writes: 

Although Paul states that he permits no women to 
teach, in his early church, many members, including 
women had this gift and exercised It. The primary con- 
cern here Is not so much with the role of women as 
the possibility of false teaching (the same interpre- 
tation must be given of 2 Corinthians 1 1 :3). 

At first glance such an interpretation seems feasi- 
ble. Certainly there were women in the early church 
who had the gift of teaching and exercised it. For ex- 
ample, Priscilla, along with her husband Aquila, in- 
structed the cultured Apollos. Although Apollos was 
"mighty in the scriptures," according to Acts 18:24, 
he needed more accurate instruction regarding the 
Gospel and Christian doctrine. Acts 18:26 indicates 
that Aquila and Priscilla "took him unto them, and 
expounded the way of God more perfectly." How- 
ever, to invalidate Paul's teaching on the subordi- 


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nation of women in the church on the basis that his 
primary concern was to prevent false teaching is to do 
violence to the text. 

It is true that false teachers propagating "strange 
doctrines" were threatening the doctrinal purity of 
the first century church (1 Tim. 1:3-6), but the focus 
of Paul's teaching in 1 Timothy 2 is on conduct in 
public worship. Whether Paul is correcting false teach- 
ing about public worship procedure or attempting to 
put a stop to female false teaching, he is careful to 
support his case by pointing to Old Testament his- 
torical fact. He reminds Timothy that "Adam was not 
deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the 
transgression" (1 Tim. 2:14). 

A Call to Prayer 

To get a feel for the context in which the con- 

troversial verse (v. 12) appears, we need to go back to 
the beginning of the chapter. There we see that Paul 
begins chapter 2 with a call to pray. He urges that 
public prayer be made on behalf of all men (v. 1), and 
for kings and others in authority (v. 2). He explains 
that such praying conforms to the divine will regard- 
ing the salvation of all categories of people and results 
in a quiet, peaceable and law-abiding Christian life- 
style. Then, in verse 8, he urges: 'Therefore I want 
the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, 
without wrath and dissension." 

The "all men" of verse 8 is tous andras, which 
points specifically to men as distinguished from 
women. And, since Paul uses the plural, "men," it is 
apparent that he is encouraging all the men in church 
congregations to participate in public prayer. It is a 
spiritually weak congregation, indeed, that can count 
on only two or three men to pray in public when 
asked to do so. 

Paul expresses his desire that men in every place 
pray, "lifting up holy hands" by using the term 
boulomai (to will, wish, want or desire). It is not "I 
should like," but "I want," in a sense, an apostolic 
demand. The lifting of the hands is a posture or char- 
acteristic attitude which is seen in the Old Testament 
(Ex. 9:22, 33; 17:11-12; Psa. 63:4, 141:2). Some- 
times the lifting of the hands was combined with 
kneeling, as when Solomon prayed (1 Kings 8:54). 
But Paul specifies here that men are to pray "lifting 
up holy hands, without wrath and dissension." This 
suggests the necessity of purity and holiness on the 
part of those participating in public prayer. In addi- 
tion, there is to be an absence of anger and quarreling. 
Men whose hearts are not right with God cannot be 
effective in prayer. Furthermore, anger and quarreling 
(dissension) set up a barrier to effective prayer, as we 
learn elsewhere in Scripture (see 1 Peter 3:7, Matt. 
5:22-24, and Mark 11:25). 

Some of the things for which all men are to pray 
are mentioned in 2 Timothy 2:2: "for kings and all 
who are in authority . . . ." Christian men ought to 
pray for national, state and local officials. If they fail 
in this, they are not only jeopardizing their freedom, 
but also disobeying the command of Scripture. 

The Curtain Comes Down on the Fashion Show 

Still setting things in order for public worship in 
the local church, Paul gives specific instructions rela- 
tive to women's dress and adornment. He instructs: 
"Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with 
proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with 
braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments; 

(Continued on page 25) 


Facing page: Chalon open-air marl<et 
on a Sunday morning 

The Chalon Grace Brethren Church 

City: Chalon-sur-Saone, France ("Shall-own" 
on the "Sown" River) 

Size: 80,000 

Missionary Team: Kent and Becky Good, 
Nicole Steadier 

Date Church Organized: September 1979 

Thumbnail Sketch: Final stages of church- 

Pressing Prayer Requests: More male leaders, 
permanent meeting facility 


The Cliiireli in a Convent 

by Kent Good 

On any given Sunday 
morning in a rented hall, 
formerly a Carmelite convent 
(which is practically in the 
shadow of Chalon's most 
glorious cathedral), you will 
find the church of Chalon. 
There are other churches, to 
be sure, but here people have 
remarked that you discover 
something special. 

The audience is an inter- 
mingling of French, English, 
Orientals, Africans, and 
Americans. They come from 
every stratum of society and 
every age grouping. Some are 

very finely dressed and others 
much more simply, but by 
their choice of seats, they 
seem not to notice. To an 
outsider, only the knowledge 
of the French language would 
seem to link them together. 

One person leads in worship; 
another strums a guitar to 
accompany the singing. Still 
others participate in Scripture 
reading and testimonies. 
Many others take part in a 
long time of prayer. All give 
their attention to the Word of 
God being preached. When 
it's all over, most stand around 
and talk until hunger or im- 
patient children drag them 

apart. They stay because they 
need each other. Families and 
work associates offer little of 
the warmth of these precious 
and all-too-few moments, so 
they try to make them last. 

Chalon is a city of 80,000 
inhabitants. Religiously 
speaking, it contains a half- 
dozen cathedrals, one 
Jehovah's Witness hail, one 
Mormon church, one very 
strict and only slightly 
evangelical Darbyist assembly, 
one Pentecostal church, an 
ecumenical charismatic retreat 
center, a liberal Reformed 
church, and the Grace Breth- 
ren Church. (Continued on page 11) 


1983 Record 

of Giving to Grace 

Brethren Foreign Missions 


Accident, WID . . . . 

. $ 752.00 

Aleppo, PA 


Boswell, PA 


Coolville, OH ... . 


Coraopolis, PA 


Cumberland, MD . . 


Grafton, WV .... 


Jenners, PA 


Listle, PA 


Meyersdale, PA 



Meyersdale, PA 

(Summit Mills) . . 

2,921 .26 

Parkersburg, WV . . 


Stoystown, PA 



Uniontown, PA . , . 


Washington, PA . . . 


Westernport, MD . . 


Allegheny District 

190 67 

TOTAL .... 

. $ 62,593.86 


Ft. Lauderdale, FL . 

. $ 20,250.62 

Ft. Myers, FL . . . . 


Lakeland, FL . . . . 


Maitland, FL .... 


Melbourne, FL . . . 


N. Lauderdale, FL . 


Okeechobee, FL . . 


Orlando, FL 


Orange City, FL . . 


Ormond Beach, FL . 


Palm Harbor, FL . . 


Pompano Beach, FL 


Port Richey, FL . . 


Sebring, FL 


St. Petersburg, FL . 


Summit Mills, PR . . 


TOTAL .... 

. $ 45,082.21 


Aiea, HI (Waimalu) . . 
Ewa Beach, HI 


Makakilo, HI 


Wahiawa, HI 

(Waipio) 2,825.00 

TOTAL $ 4,499.96 


Berne, IN $ 16,126.02 

Clay City, IN 380.00 

Elkhart, IN 6,671.57 

Flora, IN 1,730.50 

Ft. Wayne, IN 

(First) 22,994.96 

Ft. Wayne, IN 

(Grace) 9,072.09 

Goshen, IN 3,338.66 

Hartford City, IN . . . 1,036.50 

Indianapolis, IN ... 8,617.19 
Kokomo, IN 

(Indian Heights) . . 3,580.26 

Kokomo, IN (North) . 4,988.75 

Leesburg, IN 25.00 

New Albany, IN ... 400.00 

Osceola, IN 9,934.56 

Peru, IN 6,337.80 

Sidney, IN 4,022.46 

South Bend, IN ... . 23,486.12 

Warsaw, IN . . . 32,892.70 

Winona Lake, IN . . . 38,666.02 

TOTAL $ 194,301.16 


Cedar Rapids, lA ... $ 1,400.50 

Dallas Center, lA . . . 3,000.78 

Davenport, lA .... 1,743.00 

Des Moines, lA . . . . 1,370.31 

Garwin, lA 5,317.00 

Kansas City, MO . . . 83.81 

Leon, lA 3,845.60 

Longview,TX 913.06 

Morrill, KS 4.00 

North English, I A . . 1,592.47 

Omaha, NE 188.50 

Udell, I A 6,353.50 

Waterloo, lA 15,229.52 

Winona, MN 1,010.00 

Iowa-Midlands District 
Misc 50.00 

TOTAL $ 42,102.05 


Alto, Ml $ 9,800.05 

Hastings, Ml 156.00 

Lake Odessa, Ml . . . 2,770.00 

Lansing, Ml 479.07 

New Troy, Ml 4,767.00 

Ozark, Ml 515.35 

Michigan District 
Misc 75.00 

TOTAL $ 18,562.47 


Alexandria, VA 
Chambersburg, PA 
Frederick, MD 
Hagerstown, MD 

(Calvary) . . . 
Hagerstown, MD 

(Grace) .... 
Hagerstown, MD 

(Maranatha) . . 
Hagerstown, MD 

(Valley) .... 
Lanham, MD . . 
Martinsburg, WV 
Seven Fountains, VA 
Temple Hills, MD 
Waynesboro, PA 
Winchester, VA 

(Grace) .... 
Winchester, VA 

(Blue Ridge) . 

TOTAL $ 95,574.25 






i,6 12.00 





Arvada, CO 

Beaver City, NE . . . 


Colorado Springs, CO 

Denver, CO 

Portis, KS 

Wichita, KS 


TOTAL $ 13,150.94 



Top Thirty Cliurclies 

in Giving to 
Grace Brethren Foreign Missions 

I.Columbus, Ohio (Grace) $ 142,570.63 

2. Long Beach, California (Grace) .. 83,824.02 

3.Wooster, Ohio 62,410.89 

4. Telford, Pennsylvania 44,200.00 

5. Long Beach, California (North) .. 44,064.63 

6. Winona Lake, Indiana 38,666.02 

7. Ashland, Ohio (Grace) 38,449.00 

8. Mansfield, Ohio (Grace) 37,201.93 

9. Bellf lower, California 37,082.72 

lO.Whittier, California (Community) . 33,838.24 

11. Warsaw, Indiana 32,892.70 

12. Whittier, California (Grace) 30,648.50 

13. Kittanning, Pennsylvania (Grace) . 24,468.96 

14. South Bend, Indiana 23,486.12 

15. Fort Wayne, Indiana (First) .... 22,994.96 

16. Dayton, Ohio (First Grace) 20,876.35 

17. Fort Lauderdale, Florida 20,250.62 

18. Myerstown, Pennsylvania 18,705.41 

19. Modesto, California (Big Valley) . . 18,394.92 

20. Lancaster, Pennsylvania (Grace) .. 18,227.90 

21. Hagerstown, Maryland (Grace) . . . 17,783.67 

22. Conemaugh, Pennsylvania (Grace) . 16,594.97 

23. Winchester, Virginia (Grace) .... 16,404.12 

24. Sunnyside, Washington 16,318.29 

25. Berne, Indiana 16,126.02 

26. Rittman, Ohio 15,341.68 

27. Waterloo, Iowa 15,229.52 

28. Johnstown, Pennsylvania (Pike) .. 15,196.76 

29. Martinsburg, Pennsylvania 13,803.60 

30. Middlebranch, Ohio 13,746.28 


Bethlehem, PA .... $ 3,680.64 

Dillsburg, PA 6,369.23 

Elizabethtown, PA . . 8,158.19 

Ephrata, PA 7,467.43 

Gettysburg, PA ... . 48.00 

Harrisburg, PA .... 12,844.75 

Hatboro, PA 2,434.70 

Hope, NJ 900.00 

Irasburg, VT 435.69 

Island Pond, VT . . . 429.25 
Lancaster, PA 

(Grace) 18,227.90 

Lancaster, PA 

(Southern) 3,579.64 

Lititz, PA 9,703.76 

Loysville, PA 353.00 

Manheim, PA 


Mt. Laurel, NJ .... 


Myerstown, PA ... . 


Newark, DE 


New Holland, PA . . . 


Newport, VT 


Palmyra, PA 


Philadelphia, PA 



Philadelphia, PA 



Pine Grove, PA ... . 


Royersford, PA ... . 


Saratoga Springs, NY 


Telford, PA 


Wrightsville, PA ... . 


York, PA 


North Atlantic District 

Misc 300.00 

TOTAL $ 196,501.10 


Auburn, CA $ 883.82 

Chico,CA 185.00 

Grass Valley, CA . . . 380.00 
Modesto, CA 

(Big Valley) 18,394.92 

Modesto, CA 

(La Loma) 10,190.76 

Placerville,CA .... 476.30 

Ripon, CA 6,352.58 

Sacramento, CA . . . 2,422.44 

San Jose, CA 4,719.11 

Tracy, CA 1 ,355.00 

TOTAL $ 45,359.93 


Ankenytown,OH ... $ 11,163.19 

Ashland, OH (Grace) . 38,449.00 
Ashland, OH 

(Southview) 6,083.87 

Bowling Green, OH . 2,742.63 

Caledonia, OH .... 1,000.00 
Columbus, OH 

(East Side) 9,894.00 

Columbus, OH 

(Southwest) 2,453.50 

Danville, OH 600.00 

Delaware, OH 3,795.00 

Findlay,OH 1,405.00 

Fremont, OH 

(Chapel) 725.00 

Fremont, OH 

(Grace) 9,218.30 

Gallon, OH 4,735.50 

Lexington, OH .... 10,319.80 

Lima, OH 1,025.00 

Mansfield, OH 

(Grace) 37,201.93 

Mansfield, OH 

(Maranatha) 330.00 

Mansfield, OH 

(Woodville) 2,123.43 

(Continued on page 10) 

— ^ FIVIS APRIL '84 «lliS^ 

(Continued from page 9) 

Mifflin, OH 27.00 

IVlt. Vernon, OH . . . 646.46 

Pataskala, OH 12,043.50 

Toledo, OH 536.05 

Walbridge, OH .... 400.00 

Worthington, OH . . . 142,570.63 
Northcentral Ohio 

District Misc 2,317.71 

TOTAL $ 301,806.50 


Akron, OH (Ellet) . . 
Akron, OH 


Canal Fulton, OH . . 

Canton, OH 

Cuyahoga Falls, OH . 

Elyria, OH 

Homerville, OH . . . . 
Lyndhurst, OH ... . 
Middlebranch, OH . . 

Minerva, OH 

Norton, OH 

Orrville, OH 

Rittman, OH 

Sterling, OH 

Wooster, OH .... 
Northeast Ohio 

District Misc 


$ 10,576.35 















TOTAL $ 150,113.00 


Albany, OR $ 200.00 

Anchorage, AK . . . . 1 ,600.00 

Beaverton, OR .... 2,268.98 

Eagle River, AK ... 62.00 

Goldendale,WA ... 1,136.00 

Grandview,WA .... 3,747.50 

Harrah.WA 9,589.00 

Homer, AK 167.60 

Kenai, AK 2,505.64 

Kent, WA 11,314.84 

Mabton,WA 10,489.76 

North Pole, AK . . . . 250.00 

Prosser, WA 1,431.34 

Spokane, WA 683.90 

Sunnyside, WA .... 16,318.29 

Toppenish,WA .... 1,200.00 

Troutdale, OR .... 2,117.46 

Yakima, WA 4,636.15 

Northwest District 

Misc 50.00 

TOTAL $ 69,768.46 


AltaVista, VA $ 

Boones Mills, VA . . . 
Buena Vista, VA . . . 
Covington, VA .... 

Radford, VA 

Richmond, VA .... 

Riner, VA 

Roanoke, VA 

(Clearbrook) .... 
Roanoke, VA 

(Garden City) .... 
Roanoke, VA (Ghent) 
Roanoke, VA 


Roanoke, VA (Patterson 












Roanoke, VA (Washing 

ton Heights) 

Salem, VA 

Troutville, VA .... 
Virginia Beach, VA . . 



Aiken, SC $ 

Anderson, SC 

Atlanta, GA 

Charlotte, NC 

Johnson City, TN . . 
Telford, TN 

TOTAL . . 





$ 37,180.71 





$ 15,501.38 


Alta Loma, CA . 
Anaheim, CA . . 
Beaumont, CA . 


Bellflower, CA . 
Covina, CA . . . 
Cypress, CA . . . 
Glendora, CA . . 
Hemet, CA . . . 
La Mirada, CA . 
La Verne, CA . . 
Long Beach, CA 

(Community) . 
Long Beach, CA 

(Grace) .... 
Long Beach, CA 

(Los Altos) . . 
Long Beach, A 

(North) .... 
Los Alamitos, CA 
Los Angeles, CA 
Mission Viejo, CA 
Montclair, CA . . 
Norwalk, CA . . 
Orange, CA . . . 
Phoenix, AZ 

(Grace) .... 
Phoenix, AZ 

(Northwest) . . 
Rialto, CA . . . . 
Riverside, CA . . 
San Bernardino, CA 
San Diego, CA 
San Ysidro, CA 
Santa Maria, CA 
Seal Beach, CA 
Simi Valley, CA 
South Pasadena, CA 
Temple City, CA 
Torrance, CA . . 
Tucson, AZ . . . 
Ventura, CA . , 
Westminster, CA 
Whittier, CA 

(Community) . . 
Whittier, CA (Grace 
Yucca Valley, CA 
Southern California 

District Misc 


















1 ,205.00 







1 ,555.00 








Centerville, OH ... . 
Cincinnati, OH .... 

Clayhole, KY 

Clayton, OH 

Dayton, OH 

(Basore Road) . . . 
Dayton, OH 


Dayton, OH 

(Huber Heights) . . 
Dayton, OH (First) . . 
Dayton, OH (North 



Englewood, OH .... 
Lexington, KY .... 
Sinking Spring, OH . . 
Trotwood, OH .... 

Troy, OH 

Union, OH 

West Alexandria, OH . 
Southern Ohio District 




Albuquerque, NM 

(Grace) $ 

Albuquerque, NM 


Counselor, NM .... 
Taos, NM 

TOTAL . , 









$ 74,252.18 

$ 256.70 


$ 4,867.85 


Altoona, PA (First) . $ 3,760.00 

Altoona, PA (Grace) . 8,028.00 

Armagh, PA 2,400.00 

Avis, PA 1,335.00 

Conemaugh, PA 

(Grace) 16,594.97 

Everett, PA 6,329.72 

Hollidaysburg, PA . . 6,743.38 

Hopewell, PA 730.00 

Johnstown, PA (First) 11,133.00 
Johnstown, PA 

(Geistown) 3,746.00 

Johnstown, PA (Pike) . 15,196.76 
Johnstown, PA 

(Riverside) 8,927.71 

Johnstown, PA 

(Singer Hill) 6,467.45 

Kittanning, PA 

(Grace) 24,468.96 

Kittanning, PA 

(North Buffalo) . . . 3,717.51 

Leamersville, PA . . . 7,674.50 

Martinsburg, PA . . . 13,803.60 

Milroy, PA 856.00 

TOTAL $ 141,912.56 


National Fellowship of Grace 

TOTAL $341,960.10 


Brookville, OH .... $ 12,227.90 
Camden, OH 450.89 

Brethren Churches 
National MHC . . 
National WMM . . 
National WMC . . 
Miscellaneous . . . 

TOTAL . . . 







$ 143,174.67 




(Continued from page 7) 

Prayer for revival is a daily 
occurrence in Chalon-sur-Saone 

We're not big. We have no 
fancy building, and we're seen 
by most local residents as 
another Annerican cult. But 
we're growing. The Catholics 
dislike us because we "re- 
baptize" their former 
members — those baptized as 
infants who have come to 
Christ. To the others we are 
sectarian because of our nar- 
rowness with respect to the 
Bible as our only authority. 

Jesus calls us to live as lights 
in a dark world. Many have 
had to pay the price of being 
misunderstood and even ostra- 
cized by family and friends, 
but few have ever complained 
of the price being too high. 

The Chalon congregation is 
also growing in another sense 
that's far more important than 
numerical increase at this stage 
of its development. The 
people are learning to submit 
to the Lord and are already 
bearing some of the fruit of 
their obedience. People who 
are normally skeptical of each 
other's motives are learning to 

The Chalon missionary team- 
Kent and Becky Good and 
Nicole Steadier 

submit to one another's en- 
couragements and rebukes. 
They are learning their roles of 
loving affirmation and con- 
frontation as Body builders. 
They are learning to pray 
confidently and to make 
sharing their faith a part of 
their lifestyle. 

This French Grace Brethren 
Church, however, is far from 
ideal. She has her share of 
bench-warmers and most of 
her "first string" are still fairly 
new believers. Preaching 
(shared by four men at present) 
often lacks polish and the 
singing is frequently more 
from the heart than according 

to the notes. The sheep are 
often outnumbered by the 
wolves, and the binding of 
wounds seems relentless. But 
the future looks bright and a 
handful who join together to 
pray for revival every weekday 
morning are convinced that 
God is not yet finished in 

In terms of church-planting, 
Chalon is in the final stages of 
missionary work. One French 
elder has already been chosen 
and other men are in various 
phases of preparation for 
leadership. The Decentralized 
Bible Institute is well-attended 
by adults, and Christian edu- 
cation programs exist for all 
other age groups, as well. 

The projected departure 
date for the Chalon missionary 
team is between the summer 
of 1985 and the summer of 
1986. Thanks for praying 
with us that this goal will 
become reality! ■ 




by Miss Ruth Snyder 

When something is said often enough and 
long enough, people think it nnay be true. 
"Missions do not pay" has been said for cen- 

Is it true? Who are the witnesses? 

A patriotic Israelite once groaned, fainting 
under the scorching east wind and the blazing 
sun of Nineveh. We can see that for him mis- 
sions did not pay. Why convert the heathen 
who will turn around and torture his home- 
land again? No, for him missions did not pay. 

The stalwart citizens of Ephesus did not 
want their trade disrupted. If the mission of 
the apostles continued, trade would be over- 
trade as they knew it. For them, missions did 
not pay. 

But, you say, these illustrations are from 


ey Cost)S 



the Bible, and everyone knows that the Bible 
is different. As God was trying to teach 
people new lessons, He was doing things dif- 

How about a few witnesses from history? 
The East India Company said that missions 
did not pay. During the most of three cen- 
turies, this company represented the British 
Empire on the sub-continent. Always the 
company men were opposed to missions — 
hostile is the accurate word for this conduct. 
The Company had been in India 80 years 
before a church of any kind was planted, and 
that not for Indians. 

"Missions do not pay" was the cry of the 
Company. And so they did all they could to 
discourage the spread of the Gospel. 

The traders of the world said missions do 
not pay. They were in the dark places of the 
world with their liquor and firearms before 
the gospel messenger arrived. They opposed 
this arrival knowing that missions do not pay. 

Then there was the opium trader. All the 
powers of the day knew that missions do not 
pay, so they tried their utmost to keep mis- 
sions out from the vast regions of the Chinese 
Empire. The opium trade was too lucrative to 

Another witness is the slave trader. Every- 
one today knows about this shameful episode 
in history. In Africa missionaries forced their 
way through seas of difficulties created by the 
slave traders as missions do not pay. If the 
trade on the "middle passage" demanded 
25,000 annual trips of British ships, why put 
these good seamen out of work? Why take 
work away from the folks who earned a living 
manufacturing goods for the slave trade? That 
this living was scanty and the goods shoddy 
did not matter; missions do not pay. 

All these agree — the biblical witnesses, the 
historical witnesses — all agree that missions 
do not pay. 

Perhaps you protest that all this is past? Is 
it? Loud voices are still crying that missions 
do not pay. Whose are these voices? 

Are the dealers in liquor, drugs, and fire- 
arms any less than they were during the 
period of the great explorations? No, and 
they are still crying that missions do not pay. 
But everyone knows that these dealers are not 
the sowers of ideals. Are there any "good" 
modern witnesses? 

There are! Modern philosophies and re- 

ligions support the cry that missions do not 
pay. A new message is needed; the old one has 
failed. Missions never paid. Go to the down- 
trodden, tell them to "walk out," "sit down," 
"demand reparations." Missions do not pay. 

Big business says missions do not pay. Hard- 
headed men who go on paid tours to discover 
all that occurs in the world return saying that 
missions do not pay. Only a shrewd business 
deal will relieve the under-privileged of their 
great burdens. 

So missions do not pay. The trading com- 
panies, the slavers, the heartless business 
world all tell us that missions do not pay. This 
is the truth as they see it. Jonah could not 
know that Nineveh would be "utterly deso- 
late and dry as the desert." The East India 
Company never dreamed of the vast volume 
of trade which would replace the opium 
trade. The slavers could not know that their 
trade would increase when the Africans 
brought to them ivory, rubber, gold, and 
diamonds. The ships of the traders need not 
be mothballed, and the factories which served 
them need not go out of business. But, mis- 
sions do not pay the selfish. 

Today missions do not pay, say the agitators 
who roam the world looking for grist for their 
mill among the untaught of the world. 

What about the church which sends mis- 
sionaries to the ends of the earth? Do 
missions pay? 

The last order the Lord gave to His fol- 
lowers before He returned to His Father was: 
"Go." When the General gives the order, the 
soldiers do not ask about pay. 

A costly program? Of course. From Paul to 
the latest martyr missionaries have been called 
upon to pay the last price that can be paid. A 
lot of money involved? Of course. Our daily 
living, our houses, and our cars all cost, but 
do they pay? There are many good things that 
cost but do not pay in monetary evidences, 
and missions is one of them. 

When the Lord said, "Go . . . make dis- 
ciples . . . teach," He meant it. So we, like the 
generations before us, from Paul all through 
the Christian era, are not asking about the pay 
of missions. We look at the cost and do not 
consider it an insurmountable obstacle. 

There is no option when the Lord speaks. 
We must go. We join the host of those who 
willingly pay the cost — the cost of missions. ■ 

(Continued next month) 



The Grace Brethren Navajo Mission 


at the Grace Brethren 

The beautiful New Mexico countryside compensates for the almost 
Impossible roads. 

by Mary Thompson 

"Winter in New Mexico? How 
nice! No snow and cold." 

New Mexico Is known as a land 
of sunshine— the sun shines 75 per- 
cent of Its potential time. And in 
most parts of the state, summers 
can be hot. 

But did you know that the low- 
est spot In New Mexico is higher 
than the highest mountain In Penn- 
sylvania? And some of the nation's 
famous winter sports areas are 
located in the mountains of New 
Mexico. The altitude at Counselor, 
location of Grace Brethren Navajo 
Mission, is 7,200 feet and winters 
there can be cold and snowy. 

Of course some winters are 
worse than others, and winter 
1983-84 was a "worse" one. The 



^^ '45*-. W^l 

Above: Horses roam the snowy 
country. Photo by Eric Yordy 

Right: Snow quicl<ly turns 

to mud on back country 

roads. Photo by Eric Yordy 

KTavajo Mission 

white stuff arrived the week before 
Thanksgiving, and kept coming. 
With the snow comes the mud, as 
the wonderful New IVIexico sun 
shines on. 

In the Counselor area, the only 
paved road is State Highway 44 be- 
tween Albuquerque and Farming- 
ton. All the others are only dirt 
(mud) and these roads provide an 
unusual winter sport. 

Let Wayne Aites, GBNM School 
bus driver, describe the winter 
roads. 'The roads are like quick- 
sand. You may be going down the 
road so nicely, then the next 
second be axle-deep in mud." The 
mud is so slick that even a stopped 
vehicle can begin to slide, and end 
up in a ditch. Ruts become so deep 
that a car scrapes bottom and can't 
move. Then only pickup trucks and 

other high-wheeled vehicles can 

Snow and mud place a hardship 
on the Navajo people. It's difficult 
to keep food supplied. In medi- 
cal emergencies, it's not even pos- 
sible to get on the phone and ask 
for advice, since there are no tele- 
phones in the back country. More 
than one baby was born at home 
last winter, contrary to plans. 
Sometimes the Navajo Tribe has 
used helicopters to airlift groceries, 
medical supplies and stock feed to 
isolated areas. 

Mud is a terror to teachers and 
dorm parents who find the floors 
covered with the gooey stuff. 
"Shoes at the door" is often the 
rule. But the snow and even the 
mud are great sports for the kids. 

At the mission, schedules must 

sometimes adjust to the weather. 
Bob Lance was involved with eigh- 
teen people in seven weekly Bible 
studies that had to be put on hold. 
Angle Garber and Betty Masimer, 
with their regular visitation and 
Bible classes, were unable to get out 
to the back country. 

One day Bob Lathrup, staff 
mechanic, repaired three flat tires 
on the Datsun pickup. Three flats 
on one vehiclel A little too much 
speed caused the truck to sway and 
the tires to roll against the sides of 
the deep ruts. Mud was forced be- 
tween the tire and the rim and the 
air leaked out. 

Being higher than most vehicles, 
the busses have managed to keep 
rolling twice a day. Sometimes the 
routes have taken much longer due 
to the hazards along the way. Aites 
describes, besides his adventures in 
the mud, an encounter with a bull 
that refused to move from the mid- 
dle of the road and prepared to 
charge, a horse that darted in front 
of the bus, a goat that tried to 
board the bus with the children, 
and dogs that want to go to school. 

But in spite of the hazards, he 
declares, "One of my most delight- 
ful experiences is picking up the 
children each morning. As I begin 
my route at daybreak, God is very 
near. And you haven't lived until 
you've see the sun set behind the 

One of Wayne's special friends is 
only three years old. When the bus 
stops to pick up his brothers and 
sister, Wayne waves to him. "The 
little boy waves widely and puts on 
the biggest smile you've ever seen." 

One day the little boy will be 
waving from inside the bus and 
those now riding will be trying their 
wings as Christian young people in 
a world that needs to know Christ. 
Enjoy your "sport," Wayne! Keep 
the bus rolling for the Lord. ■ 






by Ralph HaW, Secretary 
Grace Brethren Bui/ding Ministries 

"We can save you a lot of 
money." This frequently used sales 
technique is a real attention getter 
that everyone responds to! 

In recent years, it has become 
the emphasis of a method of build- 
ing construction popularly called 
"design-build." As this term is used, 
it usually refers to a method where- 
by one firm assumes the responsi- 
bility for designing, coordinating, 
and constructing the entire project 
from initial concept through to 
completion and delivery to the 
owner. The proponents contend 
they save the owner money and fre- 
quently convey that the design serv- 
ice is free or at least greatly reduced 
in cost. 

This method is in contrast to the 
traditional method of the owner 
engaging an architect who designs 


the building according to the desired program, 
then solicits proposals from contractors who 
will construct the building as designed for the 
best price, and who also supervises the project 
to see that it is built according to the plans 
and specifications. 

Most of the enthusiasts for "design-build" 
are contractors who want to be the one in re- 
sponsible charge of the project and not be 
subject to the oversight of an architect. Fre- 
quently such contractors want to have control 
of the project so they will be assured of doing 
the entire project without the pressure of 
competitive bidding from other contractors 
who are anxious for a job and will cut prices. 

However, when a contractor offers a single 
contract for "design-build" services, someone 
still has to prepare plans and specifications, 
and submit them to the proper officials for 
approval in preparation for building. To pro- 
vide this service a "design-build" firm then 
must either maintain a staff-architect or en- 
gage an architect to provide this service. 

In either case, someone is hired to do the 
design work. The main difference is that the 
cost is buried in the total price of the building 
and the owner is not aware of the charge for 
this phase of the service. 

There are ethical companies who provide a 
fine service and effectively coordinate the 
work as a single firm responsible for the entire 
project. But it is most unfortunate that there 
are several who give the impression that the 
design service is "free" and that their firm will 
save the owner a "lot of money." 

The time-proven traditional method where 
an architect designs the project and then se- 
cures contractors to build it has many advan- 

1) When the owner engages the archi- 
tect directly, the personal contact 
enables the architect to determine exact- 
ly what the owner wants and needs, 
using the most efficient design and the 
best products to perform at the lowest 
life-cycle cost. 

2) The architect has greater freedom 
to select the best items for the applica- 
tion since he does not receive a profit 
from the sale or promotion of any par- 
ticular products as a contractor does. 

3) By soliciting bids from a large 

number of contractors the architect can 
secure the best price for a specific design. 
Frequently the savings realized from 
competitive bidding will save the owner 
far more than the architect's fee com- 
pared to the "design-build" method. 

4) The architect's supervision during 
construction gives the owner the advan- 
tage of an independent observer who 
knows construction materials and 
methods and can guard against expensive 
mistakes or misinterpretation of plans 
and specifications. 

5) The architect and the contractor 
working independently serve to cross- 
check one another and help to insure 
that the finished product will serve the 
owner's needs as a quality building at the 
lowest price. This often eliminates prob- 
lems that a single observer might over- 

When all of the factors are considered, the 
best method is still for the owner to engage an 
architect who will give his attention to serving 
his owner's interests, who will work personal- 
ly with him in developing good plans, and 
then help secure a good contractor who will 
do quality workmanship. This kind of team 
working together assures the best end result 
for the best price. Many reputable contractors 
still prefer this time-proven method. 

When some company promises to "save 
you a lot of money," the owners should do 
some very careful investigation and ask a lot 
of questions. In most cases the statement is 
more salesmanship than fact. Usually in such 
cases, no one knows whether they saved 
money since there was no price comparison or 
competitive bidding to serve as a basis for 
comparison. Competition assures that the 
price is in line. 

An architect is committed to helping the 
owner secure the building as designed at the 
best price possible. This is his ultimate goal. ■ 

Ralph Hall has been involved with planning 
church building plans since he joined the staff of the 
Grace Brethren Home Missions Council in 1960 as an 
architect. A graduate of Ohio State University and 
Grace Theological Seminary, he also has eight years 
of pastoral experience. 



Jim Smith 

Smith Assists in Architectural Design 

by Liz Cutler 

Promotional Secretary 

A native of Virginia, James N. Snnith joined 
the staff of Grace Brethren Building iVIinistries 
in 1977. As a graduate architect, he is respon- 
sible for developing and producing working 
drawings for many of the projects. 

"The Lord, for five years, was preparing 
our hearts for our move to Winona Lake," he 
says. "By the opening and closing of doors. 
He directed and led us here. There is no 
greater joy one can have than that of serving 
the Lord where He wants you to serve," he 

His smiling face and distinctive southern 
drawl often greet visitors who use the rear 
entrance of the Missions Building, since his 
office is directly inside the door. That office 
also bears testimony to some of his other 

talents— photography, crewel embroidery and 
china painting. 

"I was raised where church-going, prayer 
and Bible reading were stressed, but it was not 
until I started dating my wife did I under- 
stand what being a Christian was all about," 
he says. It was through the testimony of 
Dotty (Fisher) and her parents that he ac- 
cepted Christ as his Saviour and became in- 
volved in the Patterson Memorial Grace Breth- 
ren Church at Roanoke, Virginia. 

Jim married Dotty in 1972. "I always knew 
her," he notes. "We were neighbors and went 
to school together." 

They now live at Route 8, Warsaw, Indiana. 
Dotty, a graduate of Grace College in 1970, 
works at the Herald Bookstore (Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald Company). They are members 
of the Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, 
Winona Lake, Indiana. ■ 



Top 25 Churches 

Lead in the First 




for Grace Brethren 

Home Missions 


Church 1983 

1. Columbus, OH (Grace)* $94,809.27 

2. Long Beach, CA (Grace) 55,739.07 

3. Winona Lake, IN 31,649.98 

4. Anchorage, AK* 27,835.00 

5. Wooster, OH* 26,220.13 

6. Long Beach, CA (North) 25,541.86 

7. Berne, IN 21,746.04 

8. Myerstown, PA* 20,133.90 

9. Sunnyside, WA 18,010.27 

10. Hagerstown, MD (Grace)* 17,365.88 

11. Bellflower, CA* 16,674.87 

12. Counselor, NM** 14,859.38 

13. Telford, PA 13,373.82 

14. Fort Wayne, IN (First)* 13,334.27 

15. Whittier, CA (Community) 12,487.01 

16. Winchester, VA* 11,481.54 

17. Waterloo, lA* 10,994.20 

18. Meyersdale, PA 10,800.37 

19. Warsaw, IN 10,420.89 

20. Lanham, MD 10,396.91 

21. Ashland, OH (Grace) 9,818.49 

22. Fremont, OH (Church)* 9,090.71 

23. Johnstown, PA (First) 8,873.59 

24. Lititz, PA* 8,785.78 

25. Elizabethtown, PA* 8,598.63 

* former Home Mission point 
** current Home Mission point 

The churches of our Fellowship are to be congratulated for the first million dollar offering for Grace 
Brethren Home Missions. Our churches increased their regular offerings 7 percent over 1982. When the 
Navajo capital building funds are included the total offering income rose to $1,152,681, or a 16 percent in- 
crease over 1982. 

The 1983 budget year was very difficult A slowly recovering economic climate, rising costs, and emergency 
situations coupled with our aggressive church-planting program created great needs for the Council. We 
planted our faith squarely upon Philippians 4:19 trusting the Lord to supply our needs, and took some 
emergency measures to cut costs and programs. 

We try to build into every home mission church a missionary-mindedness for both home and foreign mis- 
sions. Significantly more than half of the top 25 churches are former home mission churches. The Navajo 
church at Counselor (and our missionary staff) is also in this list for the first time. The Anchorage church set a 
goal to be at the top of this list for 1985. This goal is being realized as they reached fourth place in 1983. The 
spirit of gratefulness manifested by all former home mission churches is deeply appreciated. 

In the 105th Psalm we are admonished to "Give thanks unto the Lord — call upon his name - make known 
his deeds among the people — sing unto him - talk of his wondrous works - glory in his name - seek the 
Lord and his strength - and remember his marvelous works that he has done." 

Though the total income in 1983 did not reach the actual budget load, the Lord is to be praised for the con- 
cern and love which the churches of our Fellowship have shown in this yeai^s home mission giving. Every ef- 
fort is being put forth to build more Bible-believing Grace Brethren Churches in areas where the Gospel is 
sorely needed and to broaden the support base for world-wide missionary activity. 



Month CQ 

Commonplace Providence 

by Kevin Zuber, Pastor 
Grace Brethren Church 
Columbia City, Indiana 

It is not an original thought that the story 
of Ruth is one of the better known parts of 
the Bible. Many factors have contributed to 
its popularity: its relative brevity has lured 
many to its pages (so much easier than read- 
ing Chronicles end to end); its quality has at- 
tracted many, for it is without a doubt a 
"veritable masterpiece of the storyteller's art" 
(J. Lilley, Ruth ZPEB, 5:176); its simplicity 
is appreciated by all, for it tells of life and 
death in situations to which everyone can re- 
late; its characters are more than mere names 
and people are, after all, attracted to people; 
and its piety is plain, straightforward and not 

The story is in reality about four main 
characters, not one. In addition to Ruth, 
there is the mother-in-law (Naomi), the 
groom-to-be (Boaz), and the main actor (God). 
And this, too, is part of the story's appeal, be- 
cause it relates how the omnipotent God 
operates; not in the grand plan, not as is 
usually the case, among notables like patri- 
archs, kings, warriors; but this story shows 
Him at work in the mundane, in the common- 
place. Having never been a patriarch, and 
without any prospect of kingship, students of 
most Old Testament passages can only ob- 
serve God at work; in Ruth He can be felt. 
This is, I believe, the main point of the story. 
It is a story about the providence of God at 
work in everyday life. 

The first instance of this that we may ob- 
serve is in chapter one, verses 20 and 21 . Here 
Naomi responds to the question of the women 
of Bethlehem, "Is this Naomi?" 

Her response makes the sensitive believer 
cringe, for it has an accusatory note— "Do not 

call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the 
Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. I 
went out full, but the Lord has brought me 
back empty. Why do you call me Naomi, 
since the Lord has witnessed against me and 
the Almighty has afflicted me?" The pun be- 
tween Naomi (pleasant) and Mara (bitter) is 
used to emphasize that her circumstances are 
the consequence of God's dealings in her life, 
which were bitter. 

Perhaps we would not care to admit it 
openly, but there have been times for many 
of us when in the middle of genuine tragedy 
we recall the omnipotent hand of the 
Almighty, and we echo the sentiment "He has 
dealt bitterly with me." Naomi's situation was 
bereavement in the death of her husband and 
two sons, and an old Persian proverb rightly 
expresses, "Death is a camel that lies down at 
every door." We know how Naomi felt. 

But notice carefully her note of trust. 
God's dealings with her may not have been 
pleasant, but it was God who was in control! 
It was the Lord, Yahweh, who makes prom- 
ises and keeps them. He was behind this, it 
was not a blind chance. 

Furthermore, Leon Wood notes, "She did 
not necessarily mean by this that she was 
"bitter" in her own heart (which the general 
story does not bear out), but that her experi- 
ence had been a bitter one. For some reason, 
God had been pleased to deal harshly with 

God's ways with His children are not al- 
ways easy to understand (Isa. 55:8-9), and 
sometimes they are hard to experience, but 
one may be sure that God sees the true good 
being worked out through them (Rom. 8:28)" 



(Distressing Days of ttie Judges, p. 257). It is 
pleasant and profitable for us to recall this, 
that God is working everything out for good 
even in the bitter and even in the everyday oc- 
currences of life. 

Another instance of this in the Book of 
Ruth is found in the fourth chapter and verses 
13 and 14. After the scenes of hopefulness in 
chapter two, and the scenes of tension and 
suspence which also show clearly God's provi- 
dential care (cf. 2:3-4, 3:9-10), the story 
reaches a plateau for the characters when 
Ruth and Boaz are wed, and, "The Lord en- 
abled her to conceive and she gave birth to a 

Here the outworking of good in the life of 
Naomi is in part realized when the women 
exult, "Blessed is the Lord who has not left 
you without a redeemer today" and they ex- 
claim, "A son has been born to Naomi!" (v. 
17). Here, as clearly as needs to be stated, 
God is working. He is as much responsible for 
this joy as He was of that bitterness that pre- 
ceded. Cyril J. Barber writes: "So it was that 
God showed special kindness to Naomi. When 
her sons died in Moab, she had nothing to live 
for. Hope was gone. Now, however, in honor 
of her faithfulness to His covenant, God had 
given her a grandson. Ruth's child was her re- 
ward." (A Story of God's Grace: Ruth, p. 

It is natural to regard characters so famous, 
so well known, and so wonderful a story as 
larger than life. But to do so is to miss its real 
impact. These were average folk with a strong 
faith in the unique God. Their experiences 
were as everyday as death and birth— no less a 
tragedy, no greater a joy than these events are 
for us. In them, they saw the hand of God at 
work; from them, we can learn that He is still 
at work in the mundane— the common- 
place—of our own lives. ■ 

Kevin Zuber has been 

pastor of the Columbia 

City, Indiana, Grace 

Brethren Church since the 

summer of 1983. A 

native of Davenport, Iowa, 

he is a graduate of Grace 

College and Grace 

Theological Seminary. 

He and his wife, Diane, 

currently reside in Warsaw, 





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Ed Lewis, right, and Brad Skiles discuss . . . 

Youth Ministry 
in the Local Church 


Yes, a tendency to look at youth as a segmented group of the church and 
then pass the responsibility for their spiritual care to some group of people 
or one person. 


Exactly. To have a healthy youth ministry everyone in the church needs to 
see his role of ministry to those young people. A church needs a youth 
group to meet special needs and provide positive peer pressure, but the 
greatest contribution the church can make to the youth is for all the adults 
to take an interest in them and feel the responsibility for their needs. 

Patience. Because kids have so many struggles with consistency, the adults 
have to give the youth enough room for maturing. We need to forgive their 
failures and help them get back up. 

Especially to that. We need to treat each new commitment as a new 
commitment. There's nothing worse than putting down that young person 
for his fifth or sixth recommitment. We need to encourage them and let 
them know consistent growth is possible. 

A life worth modeling. Kids need heros and models; just look at their 
magazines and posters. Adults in the church won't be perfect models, and 
that's not necessary. Youth need good examples of spiritual growth from 
people who have some of the same struggles they cope with. The closer 
we allow young people to get to us, the more we help them as they see 
how to walk spiritually. 

Let's talk about that next month. 

hoping to help w« 

The ministry really helps in I 
ways. Grace Brethren churches t 
helped each semester as Timq 
Teams make three weekend trips! 
four churches. And close to f 
Grace College and Seminary studa 
are taught and experience miniij 
skills. J 

Coordinating this CE minis) 
Kevin Huggins and his wife, T' 
devoted the fall of 1983 to train 
leaders for this current spring semei 
ministry. Using the Grace Brethi 
Church in Martinsburg, Pennsylvai 
as a classroom, the fall team of 
leaders left school for three weekei 
to minister to the parents of tee 
Timothy Team workshops on 'Te 
age Foolishness," "Discipling Foo 
Beliefs," "Cultivating Parental S 
Control," and more, impacted 
parents and the team members. 

Now the leadership core from I 
fall is divided into four teams, < 


August 6-10, 1984 

A special week for youn^ 
people completing grades 
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Conference will include: 



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Roy Halberg joined the CE staff in Winona l-ake, Indiana, March 4-7, 
for a time of planning and evaluating ministries. Brad Skiles will attend 
the Northeastern Ohio District Conference, April 7, and then join Ed, 
Kevin and Sue at Ridgecrest, North Carolina, for National Youth 
Workers Con ference, April 9- 13. Thanks for your prayers and support. 

li;rg. President • Ed Lewis, Director of Youth Ministries • Brad Skiles, Director of Administration 

imothy Teams 

ng 29 other students and teaching 
1 ministry sl<ills. This spring the 
teams will minister to Grace 
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hrough the three months Timothy 
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help for teens in areas of devo- 
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building relationships with teens, the 
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and methods that will continue to help 
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Continuing in its sixth year, Tim- 
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Help for Preparing an 

Evangelistic Testimony 

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Every Christian should have one— an evangelistic testimony. It sounds complicated or canned, but what we're 
really stressing Is that every Christian should be able to share how he or she asked Christ to be his/her Lord and 
Saviour and what difference that has made. 

"Oh, I can do that," one might say. 

And most can. But in an unrehearsed, spontaneous delivery of how we accepted Christ, it's easy for our brief 
testimony to: A) stretch to an hour, B) put people to sleep, or C) miss some key facts that would help the listener 
know how to receive Christ. 

So here's some help for presenting in three to four minutes, a clear message of what Christ means to you and how 
your new life began. 


A. BEFORE— On a page labeled "Before," write a brief biography of your life before becoming a Christian. Don't 
waste time trying to pick the right words. Just start writing as you would talk and fill up both sides of the page. 
Include facts about yourself that would interest others. If you accepted Christ at an early age, describe your life 
prior to a recommitment or emphasize the benefits of growing up as a Christian. 

B. HOW— Take a "How" page and list the steps you took in becoming a Christian. When did it happen? What 
brought you to a point of interest and decision? What verses were key? Keep your personal account interesting and 
strive to communicate the gospel message clearly and effectively. 

C. AFTER— On a third page, write a short description of your life since becoming a Christian. Include two or 
three personal benefits and how God has been working In your life most recently. 


1 . Ask God to guide you as you write and condense. 

2. Strive to write it so it sounds conversational, not "professional." 

3. Avoid religious words, phrases and jargon. 

4. Be general enough so most people can identify with your story. 

5. Say "I " and "me," not "you." (Share, don't preach.) 

6. Avoid naming churches or people who had a negative influence on your life. 

7. Include some humor and/or human interest. 

8. In the "Before," include both good and bad aspects of your life. Have a cushion of interesting, nonspiritual 
material at the beginning. 

9. Use enough Scripture to communicate the Gospel clearly— maybe up to three verses— but not so much to sound 
like a sermon. 

10. Avoid reminiscing. Don't "replay" past sins, turn this into a confessional experience, or brag about yourself, 
talents or achievements. 


Most of us think the hardest part is giving the testimony. It is hard, but it'll be much easier if we do these next 
steps right. 

1. Combine your three pages into a long rough draft. (It usually takes about 10 minutes to read.) 

2. Make improvements. Look for smooth transitions between the three sections and an interesting opening that 
keeps the listener's attention. Evaluate the content by using the above guidelines. 

3. Cut your draft down so it takes less than four minutes to read. Use the clock and read your draft several times, 
keeping it under four minutes and yet maintaining the most important aspects of your story. 

4. When your condensed version is finished, ask someone else to read it. Receive their input. 

5. Outline your testimony on a 3x5 card. Learn to give your testimony using only the outline and keeping it within 
the 3-4 minute goal. Practice and repetition is key. It may take 12-18 times before your written testimony will 
flow from memory. 

6. Learn to give your testimony without the outline. Mentally picture the three-point outline and key phrases under 
each point. 

7. After you are comfortable giving this testimony, learn to add variations to meet situational needs; example: When 
someone comments that they do not have hope, you might say, "I know how you feel. There was a time in my 
life when ..." (and then enter into a section of your testimony). 

Taking this much time in preparing a testimony may seem unnecessary or too much rehearsal. But you'll find just 
the opposite. A well planned and designed testimony will give you the best opportunity to share your faith and 
provide key concepts and phrases to use as you converse with non-Christians. 

(Continued from page 5) 

but rather by means of good works, as benefits 
women making a claim to godliness" (vv. 9-10). Just 
as men must take precautions so as to enter public 
worship with the proper moral and spiritual prepara- 
tion, even so women are to evidence a spirit of holi- 
ness in the manner in which they adorn themselves. 
The outer dress is so often the index of the inner 
mind, and while Paul is not asking for sackcloth, he is 
expressing his desire that women dress modestly and 
discreetly. Their attire must not draw attention to 
themselves and away from worship. 

Some time ago I was privileged to lead a young 
woman to Christ whose dress drew attention to her- 
self in such a way that men who were often total 
strangers could not resist making a play for her atten- 
tion, even as she walked down the street. After she 
became a Christian, the Spirit of God began to work 
in her life and she soon began to see the kind of ef- 
fect the way she "adorned" herself was having on 
men. With her Christian maturity came a definite 
change in her style of dress. She attempted to be 
more modest and discreet in her choice of clothing. 
Attitudes toward her changed. Men began to treat her 
with respect, and today she is married to a fine Chris- 
tian husband. Women should be aware of what their 
manner of dress says about them. 

The word for "adorn" which Paul uses is kosmio, 
meaning to put in order, to arrange, or to prepare. 
Christian women are admonished to enter into public 
worship wearing apparel that is orderly, well arranged, 
or as we might put it today, "in good taste." The 
apostle contrasts extravagant personal adorn- 
ment—the interweaving in the hair of gold, silver and 
pearls, causing it to reflect brilliantly in the light— 
with good works, which are a reflection of a beautiful 
inner character. 

Commenting in Keeping ttie Faitti, John L. Benson 

Gaudiness and slovenliness are two extremes which 

Christian women do well to avoid. Not only their dress 

but their whole demeanor should reflect decency and 

discretion .... 

Edmond Hiebert, too, recognizes the contrast Paul 
emphasizes between improper physical adornment 
and the adornment of good works. He observes: 

...simplicity of dress is consistent with their 
[women's] Christian profession. Christian women may 
find their best and richest adornment in that beauty of 
character achieved through good works. Good works 
react on character and create that spiritual adornment 
which is the real glory of the Christian woman. 

Paul's message, then, is that the glory of women is 
not to be found in the active leadership of public 
worship, but in the beauty of personality which is the 
result of active goodness in behalf of others. 

A Submissive Learner 

If a woman cannot teach the Word in public wor- 
ship, is she doomed to sit in a pew like a bump on a 
log? Must she sit there as though she were in a coma- 
tose state? Of course, not! We must remember that it 
was to a woman— the Samaritan woman at Jacob's 

well— that Jesus directed the truth that God seeks 
alert worshipers. Paul instructs in 1 Timothy 2:11, 
"Let a woman quietly receive instruction with entire 
submissiveness." Female worshipers should be active 
learners in public worship. 

"Let . . . receive instruction" in verse 1 1 is a word 
of command, manttianeto , suggesting that a woman 
worshiper ought to have the attitude of a disciple in 
contrast to being the teacher. She is to benefit spiritu- 
ally from the teaching of the elders. 

Gerhard Delling suggests in the Thieological Dic- 
tionary of ttie New Testament that this word "sub- 
missiveness" in 1 Timothy 2: 1 1 means submission "in 
the sense of renunciation of initiative." It contradicts 
the divine order for public worship when a woman 
assumes the initiative by teaching in an authoritative, 
formal manner what others are supposed to believe. 

Why did Paul include such instruction regarding 
women in 1 Timothy? In the Concordia Commentary , 
7, 2 Timothiy, Titus and Pfiilemon, H. Armin Moeller- 
ing suggests: 

In the background is the ferment in marital relation- 
ships. Misleading teachers with their doctrinal fantasies 
were inflaming the minds of women by their false 
asceticism (degrading marriage— 1 Tim. 4:3; intoxicat- 
ing the unstable with pretentious talk— 2 Tim. 3:6-7) 
so that the home was being threatened with disturb- 
ance and disruption. Paul's directions are meant to 
halt this corrosion. 

Whatever the problems may have been, it is clear that 
the Apostle Paul instructed women to play a subordi- 
nate role in public worship. That his instruction in- 
volves an abiding principle is seen by his appeal to 
Old Testament Law in verses 13 and 14, which we 
shall consider later. 

Usurping Is Forbidden 

Having spelled out the manner in which a woman 
is to receive instruction in public worship, Paul pro- 
ceeds to place a restriction on female leadership as it 
relates to men in the church. He prohibits a woman 
from teaching or exercising authority over a man. The 
New International Version translates 1 Timothy 
2:12: "I do not permit a woman to teach or to have 
authority over a man; she must be silent." In the 
original language the verb "permit" (epitrepo) and 
the infinitives "to teach" (didaskein) and "to have 
authority (anthentein) are all in the present tense. 
This indicates a continuing force to Paul's prohibi- 
tion. D. Edmond Hiebert comments as follows on the 
use of the present tense in this passage: 

The present infinitive, "to teach," denotes not a 
single act but a process, and means that Paul does not 
permit a woman to assume the office of a public 
teacher in the congregation. The infinitive, "to have 
dominion over," denotes one who rules over another, 
a master, or more strongly, an autocrat. "Man" is 
andros, the male sex in distinction from women. 
Therein lies the point of prohibition. For a woman to 
assume a position of domination over the man is in- 
consistent with her divinely assigned position of 
subordination to the man. The position of teacher or 
preacher in the assembly implies superiority and 

(Continued on page 26 j 


APRIL '84 


(Continued from page 25) 

authority over those taught . . . "No woman may step 
into the place of a man without violating the very 
Word she would try to teach to both men and women" 
(Lenski). The repetition of the demand, "to be in 
quietness," brings out, by contrast, the proper posi- 
tion of the Christian woman. 

Let's not assume by all this that Paul wants Chris- 
tian women to avoid teaching God's Word under any 
circumstances. That just isn't the case, and I want to 
stress again that the context of his prohibition in 1 
Timothy 2:12 is public worship. The restriction Is 
upon the continuing leadership through teaching 
which would be characteristic of a spiritual office 
such as deacon, elder or pastor. The very nature of 
these offices demands an authoritative ministry to 
both sexes. In another New Testament letter, Paul 
gives full approval of older or mature women "teach- 
ing what Is good, that they may encourage the young 
women to love their husbands, to love their children, 
to be sensible, pure workers at home, kind, being sub- 
ject to their own husbands, that the word of God 
may not be dishonored" (Titus 2:34). And in Philip- 
plans 4:2-3 he acknowledges that Euodia and 
Syntyche labored with him in the Gospel, Indicating 
that women do play a vital role In the ministry of the 
church within the guidelines he lays down for femi- 
nine leadership in the church. 

Who Came First? 

Some persons seem to enjoy asking "Which came 
first, the chicken or the egg?" But the pertinent 
question for our topic of interest is, "Who came first, 
the woman or the man?" And the answer is supplied 
by Paul in 1 Timothy 2:13: "Adam was first formed, 
then Eve." This creative order is crucial to Paul's in- 
sistence that leadership in public worship belongs to 
men. He sees this pattern of leadership In the creative 
order, and the fact that the order was established 
before sin entered into the world indicates it was 
God's original intention. 

Finding fault with Paul's logic, Scanzoni and 
Hardesty raise the objection that "if beings created 
first are to have precedence, then the animals are 
clearly our betters." However, as George W. Knight so 
capably points out, the thrust of Paul's statement 
Isn't merely chronological order, but of derivation 
and relationship. Knight states: 

The recognition of this point removed the objection 
of Scanzoni and Hardesty because mankind in general 
or man and woman in particular are not made from 
animals. Nor is man derived from the dust of the 
ground as if shaped or fashioned from a living entity 
(contra Paul K. Jewett). The Old Testament narrative 
says ". . . the Lord God fashioned [built] into a 
woman the rib which he had taken from man . . ." 
(Gen. 2:22), We see that Paul is concerned with origin 
and not with mere chronology, when we read the 
exegetical language of 1 Corinthians 11:8-9: "For man 
does not orginate from woman, but woman from man; 
for indeed man was not created for woman's sake, but 
woman for man's sake." 

Along this same line. Homer Kent comments on 
the probable meaning of the Greek word protos, 

translated "first" in 1 Timothy 2:13 ("Adam was 
first formed . . ."). "It is probable," says Kent, "that 
protos bears the idea of rank in this passage, and this 
makes the argument even clearer. 'For Adam, as chief 
one, was formed, then Eve.' " 

The fact that God established the male/female 
hierarchy prior to the Fall strongly justified Paul's 
priority of male leadership in the church. It is not an 
arrangement which came about only as a result of the 
Fall, although, as we shall soon discover, the conse- 
quences of the Fall serve to reinforce Paul's position. 

Back to Eden 

After creating Adam, God placed him In a perfect 
environment. Genesis 2:8 informs us that "the Lord 
God planted a garden toward the east. In Eden; and 

there He placed the man whom he had formed." You 
can well understand how serene, beautiful and pro- 
ductive that garden was. After all, God Himself had 
planted It. Everything there was designed for Adam's 
happiness and well-being. "Every tree that Is pleasing 
to the sight and good for food" (Gen. 2:9) sprang 
from the fertile soil. And God provided an abundant 
water supply to keep the garden lush and productive. 
Genesis 2:10 says that "a river flowed out of Eden 
to water the garden." Why, God even presented 
Adam with a "customized" bride, someone created 
by Him to be just the right life partner for Adam. 
What a perfect environment and marriage! 

Some today seem to think that greed and strife 
would cease if we could produce a near perfect en- 
vironment. They are wrong, of course, for the per- 
fect surroundings of the garden In Eden didn't hold 
back Adam and his wife. Eve, from plunging headlong 
Into sin. 

Eve was the first to sin. One day— perhaps she was 
enjoying a pleasant stroll through the garden— she met 
"the serpent" who "was more crafty than any beast 
of the field" (Gen. 3:1). 

"Indeed, has God said. You shall not eat from any 
tree of the garden?" the serpent intoned. This was an 
obvious reference to the fact that Adam and Eve were 
prohibited by the Lord from eating from the tree of 
the knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 2:17). Of 
course the serpent failed to mention that God had 
given them blanket permission to eat from all the 
other trees. The devil, who was using the serpent to 
accomplish his diabolical scheme, enjoys trying to 



divert our attention, too, from God's bountiful pro- 
vision so that we'll resent His prohibitions, few 
though they be. 

Eve fell for the serpent's trick. She distorted the 
divine prohibition by responding to the serpent that 
God had not only commanded Adam and her to re- 
frain from eating of the tree but also from touching 
it (Gen. 3:3). "Even if we touch it, we'll die," Eve 

Probably sensing that Eve's negative thinking to- 
ward God was now under full swing, the serpent 
moved in for the kill. "You surely shall not die," he 
told Eve, suggesting that God's prohibition was just a 
cheap way to scare Adam and Eve away from the 
tree so that they wouldn't eat its fruit and become as 
wise as God (vv. 4-5). 

That did it. Eve snatched up the bait, being thor- 
oughly deceived. She looked at the fruit of the for- 
bidden tree, saw that it was good for food, observed 
how lucious it looked, and figured it could make her 
wise. Then "she took from its fruit and ate; and she 
gave also to her husband with her and he ate" (v. 6). 

That's how sin entered the human race, spoiling 
man's original fellowship with God and robbing 
humanity of innocence and a clear reflection of the 
divine image. 

Paul gives us a flashback to that day of infamy in 
Eden by stating in 1 Timothy 2:14: "For it was not 
Adam who was deceived, but the woman being quite 
deceived fell into transgression." 

Now, as we saw in Genesis 3, both Adam and Eve 
sinned; but Paul indicates a definite difference con- 
cerning how they fell into sin. This comes across 
forcefully in Paul's use of a verb construction which 
describes Eve's role in the sin. The verb means "to be 
thoroughly deceived," and commonly refers to the 
deceitfulness of sensual desire. A less complex form 
of the verb is used with reference to Adam, and is 
made negative— "Adam was not deceived." 

Concerning the intensity of the verb describing 
Eve's deception, Charles J. Ellicott writes: 

To preclude any . . . misconception of his meaning, 
the Apostle Paul adds a strengthened compound, 
which serves to show that the moment of thought 
turns on apatao, and also to define tacitly the limita- 
tion of meaning under which it Is used. The preposi- 
tion ek here conveys the idea of completion, 

It is noteworthy that in the Genesis account only Eve 
pleads the excuse of being the victim of deception. 
"The serpent deceived me, and I ate," Eve com- 
plained (Gen. 3:13). It was she who was deceived in 
the matter of doctrine; and by taking leadership over 
the man, she ate first of the forbidden fruit and then 
was instrumental in getting her husband to eat as 
well. Thus, the Fall was caused not only because of 
disobedience to God's command, but also because the 
divinely appointed relationship between the sexes was 
violated. Homer A. Kent comments: 

Woman assumed headship and man with full knowl- 
edge of the act subordinated himself to her leadership 

and ate of the fruit (Rom. 5:19). Both violated their 
positions. The subordination of woman to man is not 
Paul's invention. It is rooted in the very nature of the 
sexes and was put there by God Himself. Disaster 
comes when that relationship is violated. 

Clearly, it is "priority by culpability," to which 
Paul alludes in 1 Timothy 2:14 by his use of the verb 
construction, "was thoroughly deceived." 

But There's Full Salvation 

After rehearsing the spiritual catastrophe involving 
woman in verse 14, Paul sounds a hopeful note in 
verse 15: "But women shall be saved [preserved] 
through the bearing of children [the childbearing] if 
they continue in faith and love and sanctity with self- 

What does Paul mean? Verse 15 has puzzled be- 
lievers for centuries and, as scholars have wrestled 
with the text, several interpretations have emerged. 
Let's consider briefly four of the most prominent of 

1) The Physical Salvation View 

This view promotes the idea that physical deliver- 
ance in childbirth is God's reward for a godly life. In 
support of this view E. K. Simpson writes: 

Many a godly woman had dreaded the pangs of trav- 
ail; so it is not unfitting that, to relieve the pressure of 
doom, Paul should assure Christian matrons of the 
coveted boon of eutokia, safe delivery, provided that 
they abide in faith and love amid the throes of par- 

This interpretation, however, has been considered 
weak, for it is not always true. To be consistent 
with this view, one is compelled to judge godly 
women who have died in childbirth as deficient in 
faith or love or self-restraint. Homer Kent offers 
that "Scripture no more promises physical safety 
for every faithful woman in childbirth than it 
promises good health to every Christian man." 

2) The Spiritual Salvation Through Childbirth View 
Proponents of this view hold that salvation of 

the soul comes through the bearing of children. It 
is difficult, if not impossible, to reconcile this view 
with salvation teaching found elsewhere in Scrip- 
ture. I concur with Grant Osborne's observation 
that "it is extremely doubtful that Paul believed a 
woman's salvation was contingent upon her bearing 

3) The Salvation in the Home View 

Advocates of this view allege that 1 Timothy 
2:15 promises that women will experience salvation 
equally with men through fulfilling their function in 
the home. Often, this view includes childrearing as 
well as childbearing in the understanding of the 
promise. Some, in defending this view, hold thato'/a, 
the word translated "through" in verse 15, indicates 
accompanying circumstance, while others give it full 
instrumental force: by means of. Kent observes: 

The writer fully believes that women may be saved 
while being housewives and mothers. But this fails to 

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D Rev. and Mrs. Clyde Landrum celebrated their 
fiftieth wedding anniversary in early January. The 
Landrums have served the Lord in Brethren pastor- 
ates, Brethren Foreign IVlissions, Brethren IVlissionary 
Herald Company, as well as in other Christian enter- 
prises. Their sons, Phil and Jerry, along with their 
wives, arranged the happy celebration which was held 
at the Grace Community Brethren Church, Warsaw, 

D ALOHA! Spend some time in the month of June in 
Hawaii. Ralph and Julia Colburn and Charles and 
June Turner invite you to come along for 12 days. They 
will visit four major islands. Folks from Florida, 
Georgia, Indiana, and California have already signed 
up for the trip. With many extras included, the cost is 
$998 from Los Angeles; $1,218 from Chicago, Cleve- 
land, or Atlanta; and $1,248 from Miami. 

Full information is available from Ralph Colburn, 
3490 La Jara St., Long Beach, CA 90805; or Charles 
Turner, P.O. Box 544, Winona Lake, IN 46590. June 
4-15 are the dates. Join them for this delightful 
summer vacation. 

n Peter Hawkins, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Hawkins, 
Winona Lake, IN, was united in marriage to Aurelie 
Gabriel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gabriel (Echirolles, 
a suburb of Grenoble) in Grenoble, France on Janu- 
ary 7. After the civil ceremony at the courthouse, the 
church wedding took place at an evangelical church. 
The couple will reside in Winona Lake, IN, where 
Peter will finish his work at Grace College and then 
begin seminary. David Robert was one of the offici- 
ating pastors. 

DThe Waipio Grace Brethren Church, 95-035 
Waimakua Dr., Wahiawa, HI 96786 (due to Pastor 
Foster Tresise's retirement) is seeking applicants for 
pulpit and pastoral duties. The church can be con- 
tacted through Victor Wyman, 95-351 (No. 140) 
Mahapili Ct., Mililani, HI 96789, or call 808/ 
623-5313 or 808/623-2298, or 808/623-1649. The 
last number is Mr. Wyman's, who is pulpit com- 
mittee chairman. Every applicant will be given due 

D PASTORAL POTPOURRI-Russell Betz resigned 
from his position as associate pastor and headmaster 
of the Christian school at Fort Lauderdale, FL / 
Mike Brubaker accepted the pastorate of the First 
Brethren Church of Philadelphia when Roger 
Wambold went to the Telford, PA, church as pastor 

/ Jim Fredericks became the new business adminis- 
trator of the North Long Beach (CA) Brethren 
Church / Tom Goossens resigned from the pastorate 
of Findlay, OH. He is waiting upon the Lord's direc- 
tion as he seeks another pastorate or full-time staff 
position / Tom Hickey became the new pastor of 
the Grace Brethren Church of Ormond Beach, FL / 
David Hitchman, formerly of Johnson City, TN, is 
the new pastor at Everett, PA / Larry Humberd, a 
staff pastor at Hagerstown (Grace), is serving there as 
pastor pro-tem until a new pastor arrives on the field 
/ Howard Immel was ordained to the Christian min- 
istry / William R. Kiddoo was ordained to the 
Christian ministry / Richard McCarthy has resigned 
at Grafton, WV, to accept the pastorate of the Pike 
Brethren Church in Johnstown, PA / Fenton Mc- 
Donald resigned at San Jose, CA, and is moving to 
Austin, TX, with a couple of Brethren families, an- 
ticipating beginning of a new Brethren church. If 
you know of any possibly interested families in this 
area, please send their names and addresses to the 
Brethren Home Missions Council in Winona Lake, 

iji annual 

Richard L. Coburn is an ordained minister / William 
Cochran, c/o GBC, 3501 NE Third Ave., Pompano 
Beach, FL 33064 / The name of the street for 
Robert Foote should be "Fairmount" / David 
Hitchman, 20 W. Main St., Everett, PA 15537 (Tel. 
814/652-9325) / Gary Miller, 938 College Blvd., 
Ashland, OH 44805 / Peter Peer, 10 rue de 
Pouilloux, 71300 MONTCEAU-les-Mines, France / 
The correct phone number for Greg Ryerson is 509/ 
922-7951, and the correct spelling of the town is 
"Spokane" / Bernie Simmons, 4642 Glenhaven Dr., 
Columbus, OH 43229 / Richard Todd, 12203 Santa 
Gertrudes Ave., No. 10, La Mirada, CA 90638 / 
Roger Wambold, 335 Clemens Rd., Harleysville, PA 
19438 (Tel. 215/256-9620) / Randy Weekley, 6300 
62 Ave. N., c/o GBC, Pinellas Park, FL 33565 / 
Daniel White, 2811 SE Kathy Lane, Boring, OR 
97009 / Other changes to be made: On page 2, the 
Southwest District was omitted from the listing of 
district conferences. It should carry page 66. Under 
California, Los Angeles' zip code is 90022; under 
Indiana, Sidney's address is P.O. Box 1, Sidney, IN 
46566; under Telford, Tennessee, the zip code of the 
secretary should be 37681. 

The National Youth Conference will be held Wednes- 
day, August 1, through Tuesday, August 7, 1984, at 
Manchester College, Manchester, IN. The National 
Conference of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches will be held Saturday, August 4, through 
Friday, August 10, 1984, at Winona Lake, IN. 



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give a satisfying explanation of dia. If the woman was 
instrumental in causing the Fall, then we would expect 
Paul to explain whether this removed her from equal 
enjoyment of salvation, and if not, how much salva- 
tion was affected. Yet, we must avoid the extremes of 
seeing here salvation by means of her childbirth, or 
else softening dia so that it tells us nothing whatsoever 
about how salvation is possible for women. 

4) The Spiritual Salvation Through the Incarnation of 

Christ View 

This view maintains that Paul's reference is to sal- 
vation through the promised seed which was to come 
through Eve (Gen. 3:15). Several facts commend this 
view most highly. First, the immediate context of 
verse 15 is closely connected with verse 14 by the 
positive conjunction "But." So it is reasonable to as- 
sume that the promise to Eve in Genesis 3:15 is in 
view where reference is not to childbearing in general 
but to the promised seed, the Messiah. Second, the 
spiritual disaster described in verse 14 relative to the 
woman calls for some note of deliverance. To explain 
the salvation of verse 15 as physical safety is out of 
keeping with the spiritual chaos under discussion. 
Third, the use of the definite article "the" with 
"childbearing" points to a particular event rather 
than childbearing in general. Kent suggests: 

This is certainly the more obvious inference to be 
drawn from the presence of the article. The Greek 
language had a very simple way by which to indicate 
childbearing in general. All that was necessary was to 
omit the article. This would throw emphasis upon the 
quality or idea in the noun, rather than individualizing 
it. The presence of the article makes the Incarnation 
viewpoint the more probable. 

Fourth, the preposition dia ("through") is descriptive 
of the channel connecting salvation to the first 
woman, a channel between Eve in her fallen condi- 
tion and salvation. The channel is "childbearing." It 
was "through the seed of the woman that salvation 
was possible for her and for all women." Fifth, the 

verb for "saved" in the Greek is best understood in 
terms of spiritual salvation, for while the term is used 
of physical safety in the New Testament, Paul does 
not use it except in the spiritual sense in any of his 

Because salvation is practical as well as theological, 
Paul adds in 1 Timothy 2:15: "if they continue in 
faith and love and sanctity with self-restraint." The 
women who are the subjects of Paul's discussion are 
already believers and part of the church. Consequent- 
ly, they will evidence their spiritual condition in daily 
conduct. These qualities are the evidence of salvation, 
just as they are in the case of men. 

It seems to me that verse 15 is perhaps best ex- 
pressed in a paraphrase by Lewis Hohenstein, who 

But she. Eve, shall be saved ultimately, on that same 
plane and through the same channel as man, that is, 
through the childbearing, the incarnation of Christ, 
and this includes all women abiding in that hope, the 
evidence of which is faith, charity, and holiness with 

Putting It All Together 

It is clear, then, from 1 Timothy 2:8-15 that the 
Apostle Paul both teaches and indicates the position 
of feminine subordination in the church. Additional 
teaching, however, which bears upon the boundaries 
of these scriptural guidelines is found in chapters 11 
and 14 of 1 Corinthians. It is to these passages of 
Scripture that we now turn our attention. ■ 

The preceding article is chapter 3 of the book 
What's a Woman to Do ... in the Church? published 
by BMH Books and available through the Brethren 
Missionary Herald Company, P. O. Box 544, Winona 
Lake, Indiana 46590, at $7.95 per copy. 

The author, David R. Nicholas, received his doctor- 
ate from Grace Theological Seminary in 1982. 

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Mssionary ^Birthdays 

JUNE 1984 

(If no address is listed, the address can be found on pages 3 1-33 of 
the Grace Brethren AnnualJ 


Rev. Earl Futch June 10 


Rev. Dan Pettman June 14 

Rev. Dan Green June 16 


Rev. Les Vnasdale June 1 1 

Mrs. Dorothy Goodman June 12 

Rev. Martin Garber June 14 

Lynda Garber June 15, 1969 

Mrs. June Immel June 24 

Miss Diana Davis June 29 


Rev. Tom Julien June 27 

Miss Patty Morris June 28 


Rev. Roger Peugh June 17 

Mrs. Nancy Peugh June 17 

Monica Pappas June 18, 1976 


Dr. Jim Mines June 14 

c/o FMS, P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 


Mrs. Claudia Schrock June 25 


Rev. Roy Snyder June 15 

Miss Marie Mishler June 19 

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Goal: $10,000 

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their years of service. We suggest a minimum of $1 .50 a year per member. 

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Genesis 2:24: 

"For this cause a man shall leave his father 
and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife; 
and they shall become one flesh" (NASB). 

My husband and I work together in our 
small family-owned print shop in Kenai, 
Alaska. He does the brain work and most of 
the manual work. I do the book work and 
deal with the public . . . and all the "little" 
menial jobs involved with keeping the shop 

Recently, I was in the back of our shop 
"collating"— taking two pages and putting 
them together. After picking up 2,000 pieces, 
in order to make 1,000 books, I then stapled 
them together. 

As I stood there putting the books together 
automatically, my mind kept repeating . . . 
"and two shall be made one . . . and two shall 
be made one . . ." The Lord was using this 
book to show me a picture of my life with my 

Fifteen years ago when we married, we 
thought we had it all together. It didn't take 
us long to realize that we were two separate 
people and just getting married hadn't 
changed that. 

Seven, sometimes stormy, years passed and 
then Pastor Dick Sellers (who was at that time 
pastor of the Eastside Grace Brethren Church 
in Columbus, Ohio) introduced us to the great 
healer, Jesus Christ. 

Through the example and loving ministry 
of Pastor and Mrs. Sellers, we began to grow 
in the Lord. As we grew, our marriage grew 
and we began a process of "meshing" to- 
gether. Our "separateness" became a "one- 
ness." Looking back, we can see the growth 
and coming together the Lord has accom- 
plished in our lives. 

All the way there? Not yet . . . life and 
marriage are growing processes. But, I'm 
thankful that He is bringing us together as 
one. We rejoice in our future hope that we'll 
be made one with Christ when He comes as 
the bridegroom for His hride. — Barbara 
Waters, Kenai (Alaska) Grace Brethren 
Church u 



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"In the spring, we had 'Creations in Bloom. 
This Involved a salad supper, a crafts display 
(that our ladies made), and a candy making 
demonstration. We also Invited the WMC ladies 
from our sister church in Kokomo. We had 
super attendance, and the ladies really enjoyed 
the evening. Through It, we gained a new WMC 
member, as weW." - Indian Heights WMC, 
Kol<omo, Indiana 

"We have sister councils that we meet with a 
couple times a year. This year we invited a few 
councils In our district that were geographically 
close. We rented a room at a Botanical Center. 
We had a fashion show (spring clothing that was 
handmade), a brunch, Bible study, and missions 
emphasis. A super time was had by everyone. 
Afterwards, everyone went out into the gardens 
and enjoyed a little bit of the 'tropics.' " — Des 
IVIoines, Iowa, WMC 

"The Sunday before our WMC meeting, the 
lady who is in charge of the program that 
month gives each lady who attends our church 
an invitation to WMC." — Oza/-/r, Michigan, 

"One lady (with the help of several others) is 
responsible for collecting papers from the 
church members. Monies from this are contrib- 
uted to WMC and makes possible many proj- 
ects. " — East Los Angeles, California, WMC ■ 



Director of Development 

Richard G. Messner 


During his long career 
with Grace, Richard 
IVIessner had served in 
many capacities. He is 
pictured above in his 
earlier role as coach 
and athletic director. 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, president of 
Grace College and Grace Theological 
Seminary, announced the resignation 
of Richard G. Messner as director of 
Development at Grace Schools, a 
position he has held for 19 years. 

Although the resignation is effective 
April 1, Messner, whose future plans 
are uncertain, will be available for 
special assignment by President Kent 
until September 1. No successor for 
the Development post has yet been 

Messner, who began his career at 
Grace in 1956 as a teacher and coach, 
established the Development Office in 
1965 upon the request of then Presi- 
dent Herman A. Hoyt. He has taught 
in the Bible department of the college, 
coached, and served as athletic 

A native of Ashland, Ohio, he 
earned the A.B. degree from Wheaton 
College in Illinois, and received the 
M.S. from Indiana University. At 
Grace Theological Seminary, he 
acquired the M.Div. and is an ordained 
minister in the Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches. 

Messner has been active in com- 
munity affairs during his tenure at 
Grace. He is a past-president of the 
Warsaw Rotary Club and has served as 
a director in both the United Way of 
Kosciusko County and the Baker Boys 
Club. He serves on the executive com- 
mittee of the Winona Lake Christian 
Assembly. He is also a past-president 
and currently on the board of direc- 
tors of the Association of Institutional 
Development Officers, which has a 
national membership. 

Messner resides in Winona Lake 
with his wife, Yvonne (a physical edu- 
cational professor and department 
chairman at Grace), and a high school 
daughter (Marlene). A married 
daughter and son live out of state. ■ 



^azvln^ C^ktist "titzou^ -^z^tMetics^ 


Mr. and Mrs. Ken Anderson 

Mr. Charles Beheler 

Mr. and Mrs. Don Bolinger 

Mr. and Mrs. Emory Botteicher 

Mr. and Mrs. Edison Broadwater 

Mr. and Mrs. Rick Brundage 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dagwell 

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Darner 

Mr. and Mrs. John Evans 

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Fitt 

Geiger Excavation 

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Granger 

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Hammock 

Mr. and Mrs. Irwin Herr 

Mr. and Mrs. Lon Ray Kearn 

Mrs. James Kercher 

Rev. and Mrs. John Lancaster 

Mr. and Mrs. Phil Landrum 

Mr. and Mrs. Jay Lavender 

Mr. and Mrs. Tom McKinley 

Mrs. Cornelia Oeize 

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Randall 

Mr. and Mrs. Rex Reed 

Mr. and Mrs. Norman Roberts 

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Rosbrugh 

Miss Marilyn Rowe 

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Simms 

Rev. and Mrs. Bill Smith 

Mr. and Mrs. Ray Streets 

Mrs. Elizabeth Taylor 

Miss Ethel Vickroy 

Walter Piano Company 

Mrs. Margaret Wentz 

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Zeltwanger 

Mr. and Mrs. John Zielasko 

The "L-Club" is an 
integral part of the ath- 
letic program at Grace Col- 
lege. L-Club contributions made 
by Grace alumni and friends provide 
many of the needed items which the 
^^k ^fl^^R^ budget won't stretch far enough to include. 

^jf^T ^^S^ Yearly membership levels (which run from 

^Sr September 1 through August 30) will be the Wln- 

■* ners' Club ($50); Lancer Hundred ($100); and the new 

giving level. Honorary Captain ($250). The Honorary Captain 
level will enable you to get a Grace College L-Club jacket and 
tickets to home NAIA and NCCAA playoffs for which Grace might 
qualify. Other L-Club benefits: ^Program/Yearbook ^Newsletters 
/Season passes to all Grace athletic events /Participation in L-Club 
activities (banquet) /Entrance to Lancer Hospitality Room at home basket- 
ball games /Tickets to the Turkey Tournament 

For your convenience, contributions do not necessarily iiave to be given in one sum. For more information on liow you can 
be a vital part of Grace College athletics, contact Phil Dick in the athletic department. 

In Memory of : 

Del OSS Brown 
Robert Collitt 
George E. Cone 
Alva J. McClain 
Michelle Shorb 

In Honor of: 

Foster Tresise 
schools Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 


Given by : 

Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Skellenger 

Mrs. R. H. Kettell 

W. H.Schaffer 

Carl Seitz 

Rev. and Mrs. Gordon Bracker 

Given bv : 

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ring 






Assistant Professor of Old Testament and 
Hebrew (Grace Theological Seminary) 

Birthdate: July 28, 1951 

Salvation: October 4, 1969 

Education: B.A., Calvary Bible College 
M.Div., Grace Theological 

Ph.D. (in progress) Dropsie Uni- 

Favorite Biblical Books: Leviticus, Deuter- 
onomy, Job, Psalms, Isaiah, Daniel, Joel, 
Matthew, James, Hebrews 

Favorite Scripture: James 1:22 

Favorite Topics of Discussion: Biblical exe- 
gesis. Theology, Church Ministry, my son. 
Ancient Near Eastern History and lan- 
guages and culture, and so forth 

Favorite Subject to Teach: Hebrew language 
and exegesis of Old Testament books 

Joined Grace Faculty: September 1980 

Marriage: June 1, 1974, to Melinda 

Children: Nathan (3) 

Hobbies: Jogging, weight lifting 

Latest Accomplishment: Proposing Disser- 
tation Topic for Ph.D. 


Associate Professor of Biblical Studies 
(Grace College) 
Birthdate: June 6 
Salvation: As a young man 
Education: A.A.S., (Mechanical Design), 
Broome County (NY) Com- 
munity College 
Th.B., Baptist Bible College 
M.Div., Th.M., Grace Theological 

Th.D., Grace Theological Semi- 
Favorite Biblical Books: Proverbs, Jeremiah, 

Ephesians, 1 John 
Favorite Scripture: Psalm 119 
Favorite Topics of Discussion: Any current 
issue: theological, political, ethical, edu- 
Favorite Subject to Teach: Introduction to 
Bible, New Testament Literature, Doc- 
trine and Apologetics, Ethics, 1 Corin- 
Joined Grace Faculty: Part-time, 1977; Full- 
time, 1979 
Marriage: June 28, 1963, to Carol 
Hobbies: Any physical activity related to 

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Reflections By Still Waters 

For the Undecided and Uncommitted — 

by Charles W. Turner 


To a!l of us who have spent most 
of our adult days in the northern 
part of the United States, there are 
few dehghts that please us as much 
as getting away from winter. During 
the month of February, the call of 
the South was a certain and distinct 
call too hard to resist. So June and 
I took the friendly skies of United 
and sure enough the snowfall of In- 
diana turned into a few days of 
warmth and sunshine. 

To make it all more pleasant, a 
full-blown winter storm hit the 
state of Indiana and we could not 
even fly home because of airports 
being closed and snow-clogged run- 
ways. The only solution was to stay 
put until it was safe to return. A 
tough decision, but it was a wise 
one and certainly a safe path- 
way to pursue. 

One stop on the tour of Florida 
that I had never caught was the trip 
to the Kennedy Space Center. So it 
was time to do so with the space 


shuttles in the news these days. I 
had heard about the new space 
crafts tossing satellites into space 
and tossing them at $100,000,000 a 
piece. This came as no surprise, 
since a department of the same 
government had been tossing my 
mail around with abandon for 

The Kennedy Space Center is 
awesome indeed. It has one of the 
biggest buildings in the world. The 
launch site was being prepared for 
the next space shuttle and every- 
thing was bigger than I could have 
imagined in the display area with 
crafts that had made trips into 
space during the past twenty years. 
I was very impressed. 

But all of these displays and 
huge extra-space vehicles began to 
lose their charm because hunger 
was setting in and the call of the 
everyday was overcoming the 
thoughts of the universe (how 
human we all tend to be at times). 
Next to doughnuts, which my 
friends tell me should be taken in 
quantities, I do have another 
favorite — ice cream. So up to the 

ice cream stand for a little refresh- 
ment before seeing more of the 
sights of space. The long line in the 
hot sun gave me time to study the 
menu board and make a decision. 

Now, as in times past, I am a 
basic vanilla person. Yes, there are 
all of those great flavors, but basic 
vanilla is great! The menu board 
gave us customers a choice— choco- 
late or vanilla, or vanilla and choc- 
late. Not one dip of each, no, no, 
someone had made a machine that 
would combine the two great 
flavors into a combination cone 
that was a work of art. I have seen 
combinations before but never like 

It was the perfect answer to all 
of the persons who in life just can- 
not make up their minds. I seem to 
meet the uncommitted, undecided 
everywhere in life. In the traffic 
pattern on the highway, in the 
supermarket in the aisles, in the 
ticket line at the ballgame, and in 
the church— they seem to be every- 
where. They try on twenty-five 
pairs of shoes and never buy, be- 
cause there has never been a pair 
designed to meet the needs and 
they cannot decide among the 
already created pairs. 

To commit oneself to a cause or 
to action is a mark of wisdom and 
activity. The people who have not 
committed themselves to Christ in 
salvation are the most helpless of all 
the uncommitted. Their plight is 
hopeless at this point and they do 
need to believe before it is too late. 
But there are also the Christians 
who are not committed to the work 
of the Lord. They cannot seem to 
get involved to the point of dedica- 
tion and laboring for the Lord. 
They are lukewarm and probably 
the ones who select neither the 
chocolate nor vanilla and take the 
combination, because it requires no 
definite decision nor commitment. 

I'll take the vanilla basic and 
let's get back to the space center 
and the thoughts of going up one 
of these days. ■ 




May 1984 

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Editor, Charles Turner 
Managing Editor, Kenneth Herman 
Artist, Mary Jane Fretz 
Editorial Secretary, Omega Sandy 
Departmental Editors: 
Christian Education: 

Ed Lewis, Brad Skiles 
Foreign Missions: 

John Zielasko, Nora Macon 
Grace Brethren Boys: 

Mike Ostrander 
Grace Brethren Men: 
Harold Hollinger 
Grace Schools: 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr. 
Denny Brown 
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Dr. Lester E. Pifer, Liz Cutler 
Women's Missionary Council: 
Nora Macon 


6 Great Myths of Home Missions 

8 Mirror, Mirror on the Wall 

10 Wisdom That Will Rob You Blind 

16 The President's Visit 

18 Getting What You Don't Deserve 

20 Missions ... Do Not Pay 

22 Operation Lifeline 

25 Youth Ministry in the Local Church 

29 The Washing ... of the Word 

31 Dr. Francis Schaeffer Comes to Grace 

32 Student Leadership Weekend 

bmh features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 
• Feature Article 4 • BMH News Report 14 • 

repcrted in the herald 

35 YEARS AGO - 1949 

The Herald staff included Jesse Deloe, 
printer; Eugene Burns, office manager; Mrs. 
John Neely, editorial secretary; Rev. Miles 
Taber, editor and business manager; Mrs. 
Adam Rager, office secretary. The President 
of the Board of Trustees was Dr. Herman A. 

25 YEARS AGO - 1959 

Architects mere working on a 3,500 foot 
square addition to the church in Fort 
Lauderdale, Florida, pastored by Rev, Ralph 
Colburn. . . . Heralds of Grace summer tour 
group for Grace Schools were: Bill Schaffer, 
Jim Custer, Charles Bearinger, Jerry Young, 
and Dan Grabill. Professor Don Ogden was 
the leader of the group. 

5 YEARS AGO - 1979 

Daniel Snively had been appointed Dean 
of Students at Grace College. . . . Riverside 
Christian Academy began operation in Sep- 
tember at the Riverside Grace Brethren 
Church in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. 

The view overlooldng Ventura, California. 
Cover photo by Dr. Lester E. Pifer. 


Dear Readers, 

We have experienced an upswing in the 
Letters to the Editor during the past several 
months. We have certain ground rules which 
we follow. Each letter must be signed, 
though we do not publish the author's 
name. Remember, a letter to the editor is 
an opinion of the writer and there is a 
screening prior to publishing the letter. In 
the responses to the letters, we set a time 
limit and cut off, not letting the issue go on 
beyond the second publication. We do not 
permit any negative personal references to 
individuals. We cannot begin to include all 
of the letters, time received and variety of 
responses is taken into consideration in 

In answer to the question "What was the 
response in agreement and disagreement to 
the Letter from Alaska?" It did receive more 
mail than any for a long time. The response 
was more divided than many think. For 
each two that disagreed, there was one who 
did agree. So, it was 2-1 in the letter-writing 
group. - CWT 







by Tom Julien 

A 1/Ook at tlie Book 

Two men were discussing the Bible as they drove 
down the highway. 'The Bible is our main spiritual 
diet," said one. "Without it we cannot expect to grow 
as Christians. As Peter said, 'desire the sincere milk of 
the Word, that ye may grow thereby' " (1 Peter 2:2). 

The other man spoke up quickly. "I realize that is 
true. I know that I am defeated because I do not read 
the Bible. Oh, I read it in snatches, of course, but to 
know it as a whole —well, I'm simply ignorant when 
it comes to Scriptures. I am a spiritual infant, I admit; 
but how do you understand that Book? I have tried, 
but it is so big and mysterious that I cannot compre- 
hend it." 

The second individual riding in that car is typical 
of a host of professing Christians. They realize the 
Bible is essential, but after trying to understand it, 
they give up in despair. Their sole spiritual diet con- 
sists of snatchings from sermons, the Sunday school 
lesson, or an occasional magazine article. Their bless- 
ings come secondhand. 

To say the least, this situation is an indication of 
subnormal Christian experience. Paul commends: 
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a work- 
man that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing 
the word of truth" (2 Tim. 2:15). 

The Bible is God's revealed Word: "Holy men of 
God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost" 
(2 Peter 1 :21). Though written over a period of some 
fifteen hundred years by nearly forty human authors 
on a variety of subjects — it is a complete, unified 
record of God's dealings with man. "All Scripture is 
given by inspiration of God [it is God-breathed] , and 
is profitable for doctrine, reproof, for correction, for 
instruction in righteousness: That the man of God 
may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good 
works" (2 Tim. 3:16). 

Now, since the Bible is a spiritual book, revealed 
by God's Spirit, at least two things are necessary if 
you as a believer are to get anything from it. 

First, you must reply upon the Spirit of God to 

teach you. The same Holy Spirit who revealed the 
Scriptures dwells within your heart. Before studying, 
breathe this prayer: "Open thou mine eyes, that I 
may behold wondrous things out of thy law 
[Word]"(Ps. 119:18). 

Second, your life must be holy. As you hear so 
often: 'This Book will keep you from sin, but sin 
will keep you from this Book." If the Scriptures are 
dull and lifeless, this is a fair indication that the 
things of the world, the flesh, or the devil have 
quenched the Holy Spirit in your life. After watching 
an off-color TV program, or reading a worldly maga- 
zine or book, do not expect to go to your Bible to 
find the springs of living water. 

The study of the Bible requires systematic, per- 
sistent effort. Those who dig deepest into the sacred 
pages receive the richest treasures. If you have not 
done so already, set aside time each day for the un- 
hampered study of the Word. In a short time, you 
will be amazed at your firsthand knowledge of the 

Equipment for Bible Study 

As a student of the Word, you will find the follow- 
ing equipment almost a necessity for serious Bible 

1. A good Bible. It is worth the sacrifice to spend 
the necessary money for a good Bible. The Bible 
should be leather-bound, and printed with readable 
type on good paper. Buy from a well-known pub- 
lisher so that you will be able to get another just like 
it when it wears out. It is quite helpful if the Bible 
has marginal references. Do not be afraid to mark in 
your Bible; however, make your notes and marks 

2. A concordance. This is a book with the words 
of the Bible listed alphabetically, giving the references 
for where the words occur in the Bible. With it you 
can locate any verse. 

3. A Bible dictionary. This defines all important 
words, and identifies all persons and places. 

4. A subject index. This book lists all the impor- 
tant subjects in the Bible, and outlines the teaching of 
the Word under each subject. 

5. A Bible handbook. This gives the essential back- 
ground of the various books of Scripture. 

6. A set of Bible maps. These will enable you to 
locate places and events geographically. 

7. A notebook, preferably loose-leaf. 

After reading the above list, you may be dismayed. 
Here is a word of encouragement. All of these (ex- 
cept the notebook) are included in any good refer- 
ence Bible. Ask your pastor to recommend one to 
you. The price you will have to pay may seem high, 
but, remember, you are actually buying more than six 
books in one. Before buying, make sure the Bible has 
all these listed features in it. 

Methods of Bible Study 

There are three main methods of studying the 
Bible. You may wish to use a combination of these. 
1. The study of the Bible as a whole. Though this 


is the usual method, it is not the most satisfactory un- 
less used with other methods. In this, one simply 
reads the Scripture chapter by chapter, attempting to 
understand the overall teaching. 

As you grow in the Christian life, you should de- 
termine to read the Bible through once-a-year. This 
can be done by reading three chapters a day, and four 
on Sunday. 

Before starting a book consult your handbook to 
find the essential background. Find the answer to 
these questions: Who wrote the book? For whom was 
it written? What was the purpose of the book? What 
is the underlying theme? As you read, remember that 
the central theme of the entire Bible is Jesus Christ. 

In studying the Bible as a whole, do not be con- 
cerned with the minute details; rather trace the over- 
all movements. After you have read several chapters, 
think through them. If you have forgotten any of the 
events, go back and reread that portion. 

2. The study of the Bible by books. There are 
sixty-six different books in the Bible. This type study 
is often the richest, and most satisfying. Usually, one 
should take about one chapter a day when using this 

Before beginning a book, find the background 
from your handbook, again answering the questions 
listed under the studying the Bible as a whole. Then 
read through the chapter under consideration, and 
trace the major theme. 

Read the chapter again, this time very carefully. If 
there are words you do not understand, look them 
up. Identify all persons and places. If you do not 
understand any verse, pray over it, and attempt to 
analyze it. Go to a commentary, or to your pastor if 
you simply cannot understand. However, do not al- 
low this to put a stop to your day's study. Simply 

"The Word is a light, not to show us 

where we have been, but to show us 

where to go. 

set it aside, await further light, and continue. 

Now, write a simple outline of the chapter in your 
notebook, or in the margin of your Bible. Write the 
major theme. List or mark everything the chapter 
says about Christ. List the commands and the prom- 
ises. Mark the verses which speak to you in a special 
way, and memorize as many of them as you are able. 

Finally, read the chapter a third time, meditating 
upon the lessons you have learned. If you are just be- 
ginning to study the Bible, it may be helpful to start 
with these books, in this order: Luke, Acts, and 

3. The study of the Bible by subjects. By this, we 
mean choosing a certain subject, and then studying 

everything you can find in the Bible pertaining to it. 

Your main help in this study will be your subject 
index. A good way to proceed is simply to take a 
subject a week, and learn everything you can about 
such topics as prayer, sin, the Holy Spirit, heaven, 
and so forth. 

It is also possible to engage in this study without 
the subject index by combining it with your other 
study methods. To do this, have a page in your note- 
book set apart for every major topic you come across 
in the Scriptures. Then, as you read, list any verses 
that refer to these topics on the proper page, pointing 
out the teaching of that particular verse in relation to 
the topic. After your page has been filled, or after 
you have finished a book in the Bible, summarize and 
outline the material you have collected. 

As you study the Word of God, remember that it 
is the living message of God. Do not be content 
simply to learn the facts; allow the truths to pene- 
trate you. "Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers 
only" (James 1:22). 

4i> ^ j ^ i ^ n f ]iif«ii fr « |»^ ^«.frij»<|;>i|M^*'I "^^ 'i' " 'l"l"l"l& "fr ' l .' " A * 'i"*t " !fc" A '^^4**£'#^ 

Concerning Prayer 

Someone has said that prayer is the most discussed 
and least practiced of all Christian teaching. As a new- 
born Christian, you will find that one of the most dif- 
ficult things for you to maintain will be a consistent 
prayer life. 

It is not strange that this should be. After all, 
prayer is the most effective thing you can do. God 
works in the hearts of men only as believers pray. 
Your prayers will accomplish more eternal good than 
anything else you could do, and without prayer, the 
best of your efforts will be wasted. If Satan, the 
enemy of your soul, can keep you from praying, he 
will have accomplished a major victory in your life. 

What is prayer? As we have noted, prayer is basic- 
ally simply talking to God. When Jesus died upon the 
cross, the veil of the Temple — that which separated 
man from God — was rent from top to bottom. 
Through Christ, the believer can come to the Heaven- 
ly Father at any time, at any place, and with any 
need. "Seeing then that we have a great high priest 
... let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of 
grace" (Heb. 4:14-16). 

But one thing must never be forgotten. To talk to 
God you must be conscious of His presence. There is 
a difference between "praying," and "saying a 
prayer." One cannot pray without thinking; prayer 
requires mental effort. Do not offend the Father by 
praying to Him without thinking of Him. 

The Bible has much to say about prayer, and as 
you study your Bible in the months ahead, you will 
learn a great deal which will enrich your prayer life. 
Do not wait, however, to begin praying. Start im- 
mediately. Simply share with God all that is in your 
heart — your love for Him, your needs, the needs of 

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MAY '84 

Pastor Bob MacMillan leads a Sunday morning worship service at the Grace Brethren Church of 
Ventura, California. 

(CBHMC Editor's note: 
Robert MacMillan has been 
the pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church of Ven- 
tura, California, since 1981. 
Prior to that, he served on 
the staff of the Grace 
Brethren Church of Long 
Beach, California. He is a 
graduate of California 
State University, Long 
Beach and Grace Graduate 
School, also in Long Beach. 
He and his wife, Sharon, 
have three children: 
Jonathan Robert, Joanna 
Suzanne, and Stephanie 
Anne. I 

Great Myths 
of Home Missions 

Pastor Bob MacMillan 

by Robert MacMillan, Pastor 

Grace Brethren Church 

Ventura, California 

When I first came to Ventura, California, to plant 
a Grace Brethren church, I had some magnificent 
theories of church planting and some rational and de- 
tailed preconceptions regarding what home missions 
was all about. Now, beginning my third year here, I 
seemed to have misplaced my theories, and my pre- 
conceptions about home missions have become con- 
tributions to the local landfill. 

I began to wonder, however, if others might have 
the same misunderstandings regarding Grace Brethren 
Home Missions; was it possible that I was the only 
ignorant Brethren? In case there are any of you out 
there who might entertain some of the same erroneous 
ideas regarding church planting in the United States, I 
thought I would give you a compilation of Great 
Myths of Home Missions. 

\Jt^C/.c^ i~ To grow a Grace Brethren church, 

jyjYXH ^" y°'^ "®^'-' *° ^° '^ ^^^ ^'p ^'^°p some- 

where and start teaching the Bible; 
JEt I people will soon be beating down your 
-M_ doors to join. 

I have found that the clear, expositional teaching 
of the Word of God is vital to a church-planting ven- 
ture. People are hungry for the Word and the vast 
majority of churches in America are putting their 
congregations on a crash diet. But an equally vital 
factor in growing a church is to love the people. I feel 
somewhat guilty in this area because the dear folk at 
Ventura are so easy to love; it is hardly what I would 
consider a "job function" of being a pastor. 

The members here in Ventura, as elsewhere in the 
country, must be won one at a time, and the bonds 
that tie them to the church are the bonds of love. 



(jrJvl!/A.l Home Missions pastors are a special 
TV^v'TpXT breed and unless you fit in that parti- 
cular mold, you are not qualified to 

"ff^ J be a Grace Brethren Home Missions 
f^ pastor. 

I am afraid if you thought that we are all cut from 
the same cloth, then you have not compared the likes 
of me with the likes of someone like John Gillis, the 
pastor from Eagle River, Alaska. Have you ever seen 
him in those funny-looking, pointy-toed, over-the- 
calf shoes? Never would I place my feet, which have 
trod the sanctified streets of Ventura, into such 

The men who pastor Grace Brethren Home Mis- 
sions churches are from every walk of life, all sorts of 
educational backgrounds, and with their own God- 
given goals, vision, and strategy for their part of the 
harvest field. 

The one similarity which I have found is an intense 
desire to be a part of the team that is aggressively 
planting Grace Brethren churches in order to keep 
ourselves, as a Fellowship, in the vanguard of God's 
great army in these last days. 

Church members gather for fellowship following a service. 

GREAT Church planting in the United 
jyjYTH ^^3^^^ '5 3 diversion of already scarce 
missions money. 

^r ^^ This myth is easy to disprove. The 

^-^ great burden of the Grace Brethren 

Church of Ventura is to be a missions-minded church: 

putting our money and our best people where our 

mouths are. 

We could invest the bulk of our money in cross- 
cultural missions, and, as our church grew, increase 

that amount each year. But that is not enough. I have 
no interest in seeing our missions commitment grow- 
ing arithmetically; I want to see it growing exponen- 
tially! How are we doing that at Ventura? I thought 
you would never ask! 

Twenty-five cents of every dollar that comes in as 
undesignated offerings goes to missions. Last year we 
sent almost $7,000 to Grace Brethren Missions. This 
year more than $10,000 has been committed to 
Grace Brethren Missions. The four churches that are 
supporting this work in Ventura can properly con- 
sider this a dividend on the money they have prev- 
iously invested in home missions. 

Of that $10,000, $6,000 has been committed to 
home missions, either directly through the Grace 
Brethren Home Missions Council or indirectly 
through our district missions board (but in close co- 
operation with the Council). The reason we have 
committed so much more to home-missions work is 
because of our commitment to the work of the Grace 
Brethren Foreign Missionary Society. By this time, 
you may be scratching your head over my convoluted 
reasoning. But this is what I meant by increasing for- 
eign missions money exponentially. The more Grace 
Brethren churches we can plant, the greater the base 
of support for our great foreign mission endeavor. 
Our worldwide efforts will crumble if we do not have 
a foundation of strong, missions-minded churches. 

The remaining $4,000 is committed to mission- 
aries serving with the Grace Brethren Foreign Mission- 
ary Society. So, you see, the investment that other 
Grace Brethren churches have made in this one Home 
Missions point in Ventura, California, has produced 
dividends that will continue as long as there are 
people in our Fellowship who are obedient to their 
Lord in carrying out the Great Commission. 

IjlvJtvA. 1 Home Missions pastors are the state 

]yjYXH °^ ^'^^ ^"^^ '" ^^^ ^'^^^ °^ pastoral and 
administrative skills. 

•¥^ /m Can you possibly have entertained 

-*- such a ludicrous thought? Most of us 
plod along, making our mistakes, bandaging our 
wounds, running for help. Fortunately, we are in- 
volved with a church-planting organization with the 
expertise necessary to aid us and the encouragement 
to keep us from throwing our hands up in the air and 
signing the resignation form that lurks in the back of 
our minds. 

Our great virtues are that we are dependent on our 
Lord for the strength to accomplish His will in the 
harvest, and that we desire to live by His Word and 
to teach it to all who will listen. We have no need to 
be the state of the art! 

I hope that this brief discussion of the great myths 
of Home Missions will help you understand what it is 
all about. Ask any Home Missions pastor or any mem- 
ber of a Home Missions church. They believe that, 
by the grace of God, they are on God's cutting edge 
in these last days, and that is an exciting place to be!B 


The desire 
for approval 
lurks deep with- 
in the human 
soul. Unfortu- 
nately we often 
turn to the wrong 
source for recogni- 
tion and approba- 
tion. In the case of 
the wicked witch 
of fable history, her 
ego caused her to peer 
deep within the looking 
glass upon the wall which 
could only reproduce a mirage 
distorted by her own self-Induced 
myopia. For anyone involved in 
Christian service there is, solicited 
or unsolicited, a hope for some 
word of encouragement. Unfortu- 
nately, human sanction is all too 
often distorted by a spirit of senti- 
mentalism on one hand or bias criti- 
cism on the other. 

I confess, today, as a part of the 
Home Missions team, I am more 
than a little interested in having 
divine approval and ultimately that 
greatest prize of all, the supreme ac- 
colade of our Saviour, "Well done, 
thou good and faithful servant." As 
a matter of fact, the Scriptures in- 
dicate that our service should be 
predicated on that very truth, that 
is, "Study to show thyself approi/ec/ 
unto God." The mirror on the wall 
offers no help to the child of God, 
for it provides no standard of excel- 
lency. James describes this as an ex- 
ercise in futility; but to the one 
who looks into the "perfect law of 
liberty," he is said to be "blessed in 
his deeds" (James 1:23-25). Our 
challenge today would better be de- 
scribed in a better rhyme! 

by Dr. Robert W. Thompson 

Western Field Secretary 

Grace Brethren Home 

Missions Council 

Mirror, mirror in the book 
Reassure us as we look . . . 

For more than forty years your 
Home Missions Council has been 
occupied in a specific ministry of 
planting churches across the length 
and breadth of this land. Not just 
any kind of churches, but Grace 
Brethren churches that are aggres- 
sively committed to teaching the 
Word of God and reproducing 
themselves in other places, both at 
home and abroad. How comforting 
to note from a casual glimpse at the 
missionary journeys of those Early 
Church pioneers in the Book of 
Acts to note that they, too, were 
committed to that end. Whatever 
their activity was, it resulted in the 
establishment of local churches 

(Acts 14:23). 

A deeper look 
into the text reveals 
other commend- 
able characteristics 
reflected therein. 
Although the 
GBHMC is a corporate 
entity under the laws 
of the state, we have 
long recognized our 
kinship with every 
Grace Brethren church. 
We, like those church 
planters of the first cen- 
tury, consider our ministry 
a mandate from the Brethren. Our 
ministry is not simply another 
missionary organization which 
periodically appeals to the church 
for support. It is rather an exten- 
sion of each Grace Brethren church 
charged with the specific ministry 
of carrying out our Lord's Great 
Commission. We, like others before 
us, were "recommended by the 
Brethren" (Acts 15:40). 

A continued contemplation of 
the picture before us brings to light 
yet another vivid image of great en- 
couragement. Our Home Missions 
program has always been directed 
to the wide spectrum of cultural 
groups within America. We have al- 
ways wrestled with the question of 
how to accommodate ourselves to 
the distinctive characteristics of 
each group. The gospel message 
never changes, but Paul's example 
has been most enlightening in help- 
ing us to "become all things to all 
men that we might gain some" (1 
Cor. 9:20-21). America may well be 
the most complex mission field in 
all the world with its cosmopolitan 
constituency and with the spirit of 




nationalism abroad today, it has 
created a problem for our work 
here at home. To what extent do 
we assimilate into our ministry the 
custom and culture of others? 
Today we minister to the Navajos, 
Hispanics, Blacks, Jews, and a host 
of sociological distinctive groups 
peculiar to the peoples of America. 
Paul wrestled with the same prob- 
lem as indicated in his approach to 
circumcision. In Timothy's case, he 
performed this distinctly Jewish 
custom in an effort to build a 
bridge of confidence among the 
people to whom he ministered 
(Acts 16:3). However, when the 
legalists of the day endeavored to 
coerce Titus to submit to this rite, 
Paul adamantly refused to prosti- 
tute the grace of God and make it a 
legal requirement for salvation. 
Never must we compromise the ex- 
plicit truths of God's revelation, 
but we must also never overlook 
the possibility of learning from 

No study of the ministry of 
those early pioneers could be made 
without noting their absolute sub- 
mission to the control of the Spirit 
of God. The wild and chaotic 
claims of the work of the Spirit to- 
day causes us to be supremely anxi- 
ous In this area. How can one be 
sure that our ministry is of the 
Lord and of the Spirit. Your Home 
Missions Council is extremely con- 
cerned about this very fact. Review- 
ing the ministry of the Apostle Paul 
reveals that this control came in 
two very ordinary ways. First of all, 
there was the explicit "voice of the 
Spirit" which clearly directed their 
activities (Acts 16:6). That same 
voice is available for us today and Is 
just as clear as we search the Scrip- 
tures for direction. On the other 
hand. It seems evident in those 
early missionary journeys that cir- 
cumstances may equally have 
played a great part in directing the 
servants of the Lord. No one can 
question that circumstances play a 
great role in our ministry today. It 
may be that we are not as sensitive 
on some occasions as we should be, 
but there are no alternatives to 
these two facets of divine direction. 

Our scrutiny of the image on the 
mirror brings to light yet another 

encouraging sight. That is the con- 
cern the early pioneers of the 
church had for individuals. How 
easy it would have been for Paul, 
who possessed such great insights 
into the Word of God, to have re- 
served his ministry for the masses. 
But such was not the case. You find 
him not only spending time with 
lonely candidates for salvation, as 
in the case of Lydia of Philippi 
(Acts 16:14), but also pouring his 
energy Into young men who would, 
themselves, be responsible for 
charting new fields as in the case of 
Timothy, Titus, Barnabas, and so 
forth. Our Home Missions ministry 
is almost exclusively based upon 
this principle. Most of our success- 
ful points find their origin In the 
commitment of just a few. It may 
be a single family desirous of start- 
ing a new Grace Brethren church in 
their community, or a young pastor 
who is willing to accept the chal- 
lenge of a new field. 

The unmistakable conviction of 
purpose stands out among the char- 
acteristics revealed on the screen of 
our study. With the myriad of de- 
tails that demand attention in our 
daily routine, it is always tempting 
to set aside the basic priorities. 
Such surely must have been true for 
those first century saints but one 
looks in vain for any such devia- 
ation. Instead you have such words 
as those written to the Church at 
Philippi "This one thing I do ... I 
press toward the mark . . ." (Phil. 
3:13-14). Paul's pattern of ministry 
had been clearly demonstrated In 
his brief time spent with them. It 
was the constant declaration that 
Christ is the answer for all who be- 
lieve and, in the case of Philippi, de- 
veloped into a notable New Testa- 
ment church (Acts 16:14). When 
times get tough and the urge to re- 
solve the crisis through Madison 
Avenue techniques Is tempting, it is 
a great encouragement to be re- 
minded of this very important 

Of no small significance in our 
study of those early ministries, is to 
note their cognizance of belonging 
to something bigger than them- 
selves. We strive to promote a 
strong sense of autonomy in each 
of our new churches, but at the 

same time urge them to recognize 
the great blessing of belonging to a 
Fellowship. Whatever else may be 
learned from the Jerusalem Council 
(Acts 15:2), there Is one fact that 
cannot be overlooked and that is 
the submissive spirit manifested by 
the church at Antloch in appealing 
to the opinions of others outside 
the local church. Their emissaries to 
the Church at Jerusalem could 
hardly have been solely for the pur- 
pose of truth for the very one en- 
trusted with these divine facts was 
present and could easily have re- 
solved the controversy by flat. Paul 
on other occasions was not reluc- 
tant to declare his judgment as one 
who was in possession of the spirit 
of inspiration (1 Cor. 7:25). It Is 
evident that there was a desire to 
propagate a spirit of unity and co- 
operation with others. 

Our last glimpse before we turn 
away from our search for approval 
is cause for great rejoicing, a conso- 
lation of success! How easily dis- 
couraged we become when It ap- 
pears that all of our efforts come to 
naught. Let it be remembered that 
with that simple formula of 
"preaching" the Gospel, it is re- 
corded that churches were "estab- 
lished in the faith and they In- 
creased in numbers dally" (Act 
16:5). In times like these, when 
men's hearts are failing them for 
fear, it is possible to become so in- 
troverted In our quest for approval 
that we fail to note the One who Is 
truly 'The Fairest of them all." 
Our greatest encouragement should 
come from the fact that "in Him 
dwelleth all the fullness of the God- 
head bodily and [we] are complete 
in Him" (Col. 2:9-10). We can then 
be assured that we have His ap- 
proval, for "He worketh In us both 
to will and to do of His good 
pleasure" (Phil. 2:13). ■ 

(GBHMC Editor's note-For 18 years, 
Robert Thompson has mir}istered as 
Western Field Secretary for Grace Breth- 
ren Home Missions. He is a graduate of 
Biola College and received an honorary 
doctorate from Grace Graduate School. 
Long Beach, California. He and his wife, 
Betty, live in Long Beach, California, 
and have two married children.) 



Aonth CQ 

That Will 
Rob You 

by Dale Jenks, Pastor 
Grace Brethren Church 
Island Pond, Vermont 

Something alarming is happening to Christians to- 
day, something that the Apostle Paul foresaw and 
warned against nearly 2,000 years ago. That alarming 
something is that we are being robbed! In fact, we are 
being robbed blind; and with our eyes open, we are 
handing our riches over to the thief. 

The dictionary describes a robbery as "being de- 
prived of something rightfully owned." What is it that 
the Christian rightfully owns of which he is being de- 
prived? It is true wisdom, that wisdom which is found 
only in Christ, which comes only from Christ, which 
the world knows nothing of and cannot obtain apart 
from knowing Him. 

And who is the thief? It is the deceptive philoso- 
phies of the world system and as we give ear to these 
deceptive philosophies, Paul says in Colossians 2:1-10 
we are cheated, deprived of true wisdom. 

All around us the philosophy of the world 
abounds. We can see it twenty-four hours a day on 
television in both advertising and programming. The 
local social agencies promote it. Our schools teach it, 
and our neighbors live it. No wonder we succumb to 

Nowhere is the influence of the world more evi- 
dent than in the families of our church people. The 
divorce rate among Christians is just one example. In 
the early part of this century only about 1 in 500 

married couples in the church became divorced. Even 
by mid-century, pastors rarely had to deal with the 
divorce issue. However, today it is a weekly occur- 
rence. The determination to stay married is gone, hav- 
ing been replaced with the determination to find 
personal happiness whatever the cost. 

In the world today there is a new intellect on 
family and marriage. The godly influence is gone. The 
Bible is no longer the base of authority for the 
family. A new authority has emerged with many de- 
grees and often with the blessing of the state. The 
problem is, he is devoid of biblical truth and wisdom. 
He does not come with "thus says the Lord," but 
rather "thus says Freud or Dewey or Rogers," and so 
forth, groping for answers with no real base of 

In any case, Paul desires something better for us. 
He desires that no one rob us of true wisdom which is 
found in Christ. So strong were his feelings on this 
matter that he spoke of a "great conflict," an agoniz- 
ing of the heart over those who have been deceived 
by the empty philosophies of the world. Many a 
pastor has known the heartache of which Paul speaks. 

The great apostle to the Gentiles couldn't be any 
more clear on the subject. First, if you want wise 
counsel, it must come from someone who is himself 
in Christ and who speaks the counsel of Christ as 



found in the Word, for all the treasures of wisdom 
and knowledge are hidden in Him (see Col. 2:3). Any 
other counsel, no matter how persuasive or good 
it may sound, is nothing less than destructive. 

Second, we must actively reject all counsel that 
opposes such scriptural teaching. Truth and error 
do not mix. In the words of the Apostle John, 
"Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the 
spirits whether they are of God: because many false 
prophets are gone out into the world" (1 John 4:1). 
The great danger of listening to the philosophies of 
the world is that they rob us of the best in life while 
seemingly offering the best to us. 

In Colossians, chapter 2, verse 8, Paul warns, "Be- 
ware [be on the look out] lest any man spoil you 
through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradi- 
tion of men, after the rudiments of the world, and 
not after Christ." No one likes to be cheated. We all 
want the most for our money and we tend to return 
to the merchant who gives us the greatest bargain. 
Should it not be so also with the counselors we 

How does this apply to you and me? What message 
does Paul have for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches? Is it not this: that it is time for us to re- 
iterate a divine truth, that in Christ are hidden 
"all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." That 
means the local mental health, or the professional un- 
believing counselor down the street does not have the 
answer for our complex needs because they are com- 
ing from outside the realm of Christ. True wisdom 
has been hidden from them. 

That means also that we need to search the Scrip- 
tures that we might attain to all the riches that are in 
Christ, for Paul does say they are hidden in Christ. 
The depths of true wisdom need to be searched out as 
we would dig for a buried treasure. Hebrews 11:6 
tells us that God is a ". . . rewarder of those who dili- 
gently seek Him." In James 1:5, He says, "If any of 
you lack wisdom, let him ask of God . . . ." 

I believe the time has come for Christians to stop 
thievery. Reject worldly counsel. Seek godly counsel. 
The Christian standard is different from that of the 
world. We are salt in a decaying world; a light in a 
dark world. We should be setting the standards! ■ 

(GBHMC Editor's note: 
Dale Jenks has been pastor 
of the Grace Brethren 
Church in Island Pond, 
Vermont, since September 
1982. He is a graduate of 
Lancaster Bible College, 
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 
and has also studied at the 
Christian Counseling and 
Education Foundation in 
Laverick, Pennsylvania. He 
and his wife, Dottie, have 
five children: Darlyne Dale, 
David Robert, Douglas 
Paul, Dawn Ruth-Evelyn, 
and Dale Durwood.l 



Mrs. Grace King, high school teacher 
at the Grace Brethren Navajo Mission 
School, Counselor, New Mexico, has re- 
signed. She will be returning to her 
former position at a government school 
in Arizona. 

Mrs. Caes (Ruth) Blake, a retired 
teacher from southern California, will 
complete the school year in place of Mrs. 


All Grace Brethren speakers will be 
featured at the 1984 Home Missions 
Pastors' Workshop on August 3 and 4 in 
Warsaw, Indiana. Rev. James Custer, of 
the Grace Brethren Church of Greater 
Columbus, Ohio, will be the challenge 
hour speaker. Others who will share 
during the two-day conference include: 
Rev. Keith Merriman, Orrville, Ohio; 
Rev. Steve Jarrell, Charlotte, North 
Carolina; and Rev. Brian Smith, River- 
side, California. 

The Community Grace Brethren 
Church will host the event, which begins 
at 8 a.m. Friday, and concludes at 5 p.m. 

Mrs. Miriam Uphouse, Warsaw, Indi- 
ana; Mrs. Linda Shields, Cypress, Cali- 
fornia; and Mrs. Esther Dick, Warsaw, 
Indiana, will also speak in special 
sessions for women. 

Housing for the two days only is being 
arranged by the Warsaw church in 
cooperation with other area Grace 
Brethren churches. 

For additional information, contact 
the Warsaw church or the Grace Breth- 
ren Home Missions Council. 



Smith, Minerva, Ohio; Joseph Taylor, Fort Lauderdale, 

Warsaw, Indiana; Ora Skiles, Modesto, California; and Vernon Schrock, Waterloo, Iowa. 

^ Board Meets = 

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GBHMC Board. Serving currently on the Grace Brethren 
Home Missions Council Board are (front, left to right): 
Richard DeArmey, Columbus, Ohio; Harry Shipley, treasurer, 
Dayton, Ohio; Rev. James Custer, vice president, Columbus, 
Ohio; Rev. Luke Kauffman, president, Myerstown, Pennsyl- 
vania; Dr. Lester E. Pifer, executive secretary, Winona Lake, 
Indiana; and Homer Waller, Sunnyside, Washington. In the 
back, left to right, are: Rev. Robert Fetterhoff, Wooster, 
Ohio; Rev. William Snell, Martinsburg, Pennsylvania; Williard 
Florida; Rev. Paul Dick, Warsaw, Indiana; Rev. Lee Jenkins, 

Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, 
nor gloom of night kept the Grace 
Brethren Home Mission Board of 
Directors from accomplishing their 
appointed rounds in late February 
when the men met in Winona Lake, 
Indiana, for their spring meetings. 
But the weather was hardly spring- 
like. A storm system dumped seven 
to ten inches of snow on the Mid- 
west, created blizzard conditions, 
and made travel hazardous. All but 
four men arrived in time for the 
opening session on Tuesday morn- 
ing, February 28. The full comple- 
ment of the board was present by 
that evening. 

During the next three days, the 
fourteen men met into the evening 
hours, hearing reports from various 
departments, interviewing mission 
personnel, and deliberating many 
different issues. 

A $1,314,000 budget for 1984 
was approved. In an effort to re- 
duce the $250,000 deficit current- 
ly being experienced by the 
Council, and to free up funding for 
the establishment of new churches, 
the board also made several adjust- 
ments in expenditures. Without 
that action, church planting efforts 
for this year would have been 
severely restricted. 

Medina, Ohio, was approved as a 
national home mission point. This 
new group began under the leader- 
ship of Ike Graham, an appointee 
with the Grace Brethren Foreign 
Missionary Society who was also 
instrumental in the establishment 
of the Grace Brethren Church at 
Orrville, Ohio. Sunday services 

began at Medina on March 4, under 
the leadership of Dan Najimian, 
whom the church has called as its 

Najimian is a 1983 graduate of 
Grace Theological Seminary, 
Winona Lake, Indiana, and has been 
serving as a pastoral intern at the 
Grace Brethren Church in Canton, 
Ohio, located approximately 30 
miles away. He is also a graduate of 
West Virginia University. He and his 
wife, Billie Jo, currently reside in 
Massillon, Ohio. 

The construction of the $1 75,000 
proposed multipurpose building at 
the Grace Brethren Navajo Mission 
in Counselor, New Mexico, received 
final approval of the board. Con- 
struction is scheduled to begin in 

Other action taken by the board 

— Approval of construction of a 
building by the Grace Brethren 
Church of Sebring, Florida, begin- 
ning in April. The board had pre- 

viously requested that the church 
wait until a pastor was on the field 
six months. Pastor Jay Fretz has 
been leading the congregation since 

— Adding Terri Peffley to the 
full-time staff of the Navajo Mission, 
pending the raising of her support 
and approval of her local church. 
She is a member of the Grace 
Brethren Church of Myerstown, 
Pennsylvania, and is presently serv- 
ing at the Mission under the TIME 

— Authorizing the purchase of 
two three-acre properties: one in 
Melbourne, Florida; and the other 
in North Pole, Alaska. These will be 
developed by the Grace Brethren 
churches in those areas. 

— Permitting the Gold Rush 
Community Grace Brethren Church 
of Auburn, California, to sell their 
property. They currently have a 
long-term lease on the chapel 
building which they meet in and do 
not have a need for the land. 

Answering Question. Grace Brethren Investment Foundation Financial 
Secretary Walter Fretz answers a question during board discussion. The board 
met February 28-29 and March 1 in Winona Lake, Indiana. 



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n Rev. Harry Nonnemacher has begun his duties as 
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D Rev. Keith Zook retires from the ministry at Grace 
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President Andre Kolingba, Head of State of the Central 
African Republic, visits the Seminary and Bible Center. 







He asked nnany questions 

cannpus and mission static^ 

presented to the President ^ 

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16 MAY '84 FIVIS 

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He was warmly welcomed by local pastors, missionaries, 
students, and villagers. 

was given a tour of the 
3 Bible in Don's hand was 
— the first Sango Bible he 

Each person was in- 
troduced by Pierre 
Yougouda, the general 
director of the Bible 
Schools, . . . 

. . . and individually greeted by 
the president. 


He particularly enjoyed 
his visit to the MK school 

Getting Wha\ 

Don Hocking receives a Central 
African medal for his years of serv- 
ice in Africa. 

by Dr. Don Hocking 

Joseph's mistreatment at the 
hands of his brothers (Gen. 37) and 
his sale to the IVlidianites and con- 
sequent slavery into Egypt were not 
deserved. Joseph was falsely ac- 
cused by his master's wife (Gen. 
39) and cast into prison where he 
stayed at least two years (Gen. 

41:1). Joseph got what he didn't 

We could talk about Job and his 
troubles, the prophets of the Old 
Testament who were stoned, sawn 
asunder, tested, slain with the 
sword (Heb. 11:37), and the apos- 
tles who were persecuted even unto 
death. Consider the early Christians 
who were thrown to the lions, tor- 
tured and burned at the stake. It 
just wasn't fair. They didn't deserve 
such mistreatment. Are there not 
Christians and servants of Christ 
that are unjustly treated, criticized, 
tortured, and even martyred in the 
twentieth century? 

However, let's approach our sub- 
ject from a different angle. Grace is 
God's inclination to give good 

things to people who do not c^ 
serve them, who cannot earn therj 
and who can never do enough 1' 
pay for them. God loves to givi 
When, at one point in time. He gav 
His Son, His grace was manifests 
as it had never been before. 

Because of Calvary and becau! 
we are saved by grace, we receive s 
many blessings. Paul records a fe" 
of them in Romans 5:1-11 (peaa 
access into this grace, hope, and s 
forth). We don't deserve one c 
these blessings. Everything that w 
have in Christ is because of Hi 
marvelous grace. We are certain!! 
getting what we don't deserve: sa 
vation, eternal life, abundant prorr 
ises, the privilege of serving Him £ 
home and abroad. There is not on 



The visit ended with refreshments served in the Vnasdale honne. 

lYou Don't Deserve 

(lissionary (home or foreign) that 
jaserves to be a missionary. He or 
)ie is a missionary because of God's 
I'ace. We cannot fathom His un- 
lierited favor to us, sinners who 
bally deserve condemnation. But, 
jecause of His grace, there is no 
bndemnation to them who are in 
jhrist Jesus (Rom. 8:1). 
i In fact, if God enables us to 
lorify Him by our service, it is all 
f grace. If we bring someone to 
hrist, it is grace. If we edify be- 
evers, it is grace. If we disciple 
eople, it is grace. If we manifest 
3ve to others, it is grace. There is 
reason to boast (Eph. 2:9) or to 
3lf-glorify (2 Cor. 10:17). 

Even the things that we do not 
eceive which we do deserve are be- 

cause of His grace. He has not dealt 
with us after our sins nor rewarded 
us according to our iniquities (Ps. 
103:10). This is the other side of 
the coin— not receiving what we do 
deserve. Thank God for His grace. 

Some of these thoughts were go- 
ing through my mind as I received 
the presidential medal on Novem- 
ber 24, 1983, before a crowd of 
many witnesses. I was getting some- 
thing that I did not deserve. Oh, 
yes, I heard the comments of 26 
years of service in the Central Afri- 
can Republic, how hard I had 
worked, and so forth, but I knew 
in my heart that others had been 
here longer, worked harder, accom- 
plished more and had never been 
honored with such a decoration. 

During the reception which we 
gave, I delivered a speech. Yes, 
some things seem backward in the 
Central African Republic. Because I 
received a medal, according to 
African culture, I was to give a re- 
ception for our friends with tea, 
cookies, and makalas (African 
doughnuts). Believers, workmen, 
students, professors, and mission- 
aries came and, in my speech, I 
mentioned that they had all con- 
tributed toward the medal! I re- 
ceived it, in essence, in their name. 

How much the workmen had 
contributed toward the construc- 
tion of the buildings and the up- 
keep of the campus! The main 
reason the president came to Bata 
was to see the seminary and the stu- 
(Continued on page 21) 

=^^ FIVIS MAY -84 10 = 


by Miss Ruth Snyder 

Part 2 

Scores of witnesses from one 
dreary century to another have told 
us that missions do not pay. There 
were times when the resolute (and 
seemingly fearless) Paul could not 
see that missions paid. Listen to 
him crying, "I will very gladly 
spend and be spent for you, though 
the more abundantly i love you, 
the less I be loved" (2 Cor. 12:15). 

Paul worked hard, was whipped, 
imprisoned, stoned, shipwrecked, 
and in danger wherever he went— 
sea, land, wilderness, or city. He 
was hungry and cold, yet cared for 
people who seemed to love him less 
and less. 

The most astonishing cry of all 
came from the parched lips of a 
young man hanging on a cross, "My 
God, my God, why hast thou for- 
saken me?" 

Jesus of Nazareth, anointed of 
God, went about doing good, heal- 
ing, for God was with Him. God did 
not seem to be with Him that dark 
day on Calvary. 

The thousands who ate the 
bread He created were not there. 
The men who had been with Him 
night and day for so long scattered 
like the frightened sheep they were. 
Only a few women, among them 
His mother, and the gentle John 
were there to hear His lonely cry. 

Such has been the history of 
missions. Although there is only 
one Son of God, and there has 
never been another man like the 
Apostle Paul, hosts of Christians 
have gone to the hard places of the 
world, willing to accept the suffer- 
ings of their calling. What makes 
them go? 


There may be adventure. Some 

dark night, far back on a lonely 
road, you may discover that your 
car is surrounded by water which 
you could not see until you were in 
it. The motor dies, the lights go 
out. When the Lord seems to lift 
the car, the motor catches, the 
lights come on, and you emerge on 
dry land on the opposite bank, you 
will have had an adventure. But no 

one wants to repeat that experi- 

Paul had many adventures which 
he recounted to his listeners. David 
Livingstone had many adventures 
besides having his arm mauled by a 
lion. But none of these episodes 
seem to fit our lighthearted conno- 
tation of the word adventure. No, 
missions do not pay in jolly camp- 
ing trips. 

Is the motive success? 

There may be success. You may 
always remember the dying old 
man who called you to his bedside. 
You will always recall his last words 
to you, "I am going to God." This 
happened because one evening at 
sunset you asked him where he was 
going. It was your interest which 
set his old feet on the way to God. 

Paul had amazing success. Grow- 
ing, faithful churches marked his 

journeys. But success is ephemeral. 
The old man is dead. The cities of 
Paul's greatest successes are dust. 

Is the motive power? Satisfac- 
tion? Experience? 

None of these take scores of 
young people to sophisticated 
cities, steaming jungles, icy wastes, 
lonely mountains, and keeps them 
serving there. Should any go for 
these reasons he will find much 
pain. Only those ,who go with 
motives found in Scripture can give 
the last of their youth, all their 
mature years, on into old age. 

With less than scriptural motives, 
when one realizes as did Paul that 
his measure of love is not returned, 
he will sink under the shock. When 
it seems that God does not answer 
prayers, he feels that God has for- 
saken him. He succumbs to his 

Only God's Word can give the 
reason for devoting a lifetime to 
such a difficult task as missions. 
The Apostle Paul said, "Knowing 
. . . the terror of the Lord, we per- 
suade men." Paul had a reverence 
for God which caused him to be 
afraid of displeasing Him. Without 
this fear Paul might have been an 
ordinary sort of person. Motivated 
by this fear, his every thought and 
effort were bent to please God. 

In addition, Paul knew the amaz- 
ing love of Christ. This love moti- 
vated his teaching. Love compelled 
him. Not his love for Christ, but 
Christ's love for him sent him on 
his way to the executioner's axe in 

Paul knew that God had ap- 
pointed him to be an ambassador, 
so God through him was calling, be- 
seeching men to come to Him. 

The Son of God came with this 
motive, "I come to do thy will, 




God." That will meant His suffering 
and death. He did all this to declare 
God's name to His brethren. 

Such are the motives. What is 
the reward? Paul could look at the 
many faithful in the churches he 
had planted and say, "You are my 
joy and crown." He spoke of his 
mother, brothers and sisters, all 
among those who heard when he 
talked of Jesus Christ. At the end 
of his life, he could say: "I have 
fought a good fight, I have finished 
my course, I have kept the faith; 
henceforth there is laid up for me a 
crown of righteousness, which the 
Lord, the righteous judge shall give 
me at that day . . ." (2 Tim. 4:7-8). 

Today the reward is the same. "I 
have no greater joy than to hear 
that my children are walking in the 
truth." The Spirit is bearing fruit 
in the hearts of those whose lives 
were changed by missions. The love 
of those who pray and support mis- 
sions has been told to converts in 
large cities, in the grasslands, in the 
jungles. Such rewards are great. 

The hours of difficulty in the 
formidable task of missions prove 

that one of your prayers is being 
answered. You have prayed, 'That 
I might know him . . . and the fel- 
lowship of his sufferings." Diffi- 
culties prove that God has not for- 
saken you, but is answering one of 
your earnest prayers. 

You can understand Paul's deep 

satisfaction when he said, "I was 
not disobedient." The joy of a good 
conscience is theirs who obey the 
Great Commission or, rather, the 
great Master who gave it. 

What great rewards! Saints walk- 
ing in the truth, the Spirit bearing 

fruit in the lives of many, a good 
conscience, and the fellowship of 
sufferings of Christ. Are these not 

There are more. There is the 
crown of righteousness which Paul 
received, which some day we will 
receive, and which those hosts who 
obeyed the Gospel through mis- 
sions will receive. 

But the greatest of all will be 
that glad day when the Lord will 
finally say, "Behold I and the chil- 
dren which God has given me" 
(Heb. 2:13). "He shall see of the 
travail of his soul and shall be satis- 
fied . . ." (Isa. 53:11). You, part of 
His satisfaction; you, understanding 
His satisfaction, because you knew 
the fellowship of His sufferings. 
What an amazing reward for those 
who serve in a cause which the 
world says does not pay. 

So, like the Master of missions, 
we serve for the joy that is set be- 
fore us. For the present we hear 
Him saying, 'Take up your cross, 
and follow me." Now the cross, 
then the crown. 

Both are the pay of missions! ■ 

Getting What You Don't Deserve (Continued from page 19) 

dent body. However, he saw much 
more than the seminary and seemed 
to appreciate his visit. The mission- 
aries (some not at Bata now) had 
helped so much to build seminary 
buildings and to prepare for the 
presidential visit. Everyone had 
worked together to prepare the 
house of Bozoum hill (where the 
president slept) and the Bible Cen- 
ter station. They were all a part of 
it. It was a team effort. However, 
only one received the prize. 

Thank God the rewards will be 

distributed to all at the Bema seat 
of Christ according to their faithful- 
ness (1 Cor. 4:2). God will not 
judge by outward appearances but 
by the motives of the heart (1 Cor. 
3:13, Rom. 2:16). Is my chief aim 
in life to glorify God? 

The other thought that came 
into my mind as they finished pin- 
ning the medal on my coat was— 
will I have a crown to cast at my 
master's feet (Rev. 4:10)? Am I 
being faithful in the little things? 
Am I serving Christ here for His 

glory? If I do receive a reward, I 
should be getting something I 
would not deserve. It will all be of 

I will want to join in the chorus 
saying, "Thou art worthy [I am 
not] , Lord, to receive glory and 
honor and power; for thou hast 
created all things, and for thy pleas- 
ure they are and were created" 
(Rev. 4:11, 5:12-14). 

God is so gracious to give us 
what we don't deserve. To God be 
the glory, great things He has done! I 



by Nora Macon 

Lifeline. Lifeline? 

What do you envision when you see that word? A 
bouyant preserver (attached to a ship) being tossed to 
a man who has fallen overboard? Perhaps you see a 
person lying in a hospital bed, linked to a life- 
sustaining machine by tubes. Or, do you imagine 
a deep-sea diver on the ocean's floor, getting oxygen 
and support from a thin hose connected to a boat at 
the surface? You might even picture a man rappelling 
down a steep cliff, swinging far above the valley by a 
rope fastened at the top. 

Yes, these are all lifelines. In each situation a per- 
son could die if he weren't connected to the line 
which provides some source of sustenance, control, or 

We like to think of our family at Grace Brethren 
Foreign Missions as a lifeline. Each part of the family 
has a different role, but all are a section of the life- 

Missionaries are on one end of the line— the end in 
the spotlight where much of the action takes place. 
As they reach out to unbelievers, they share the good 
news of Jesus Christ, in whom true and everlasting 
life can be found. 

Churches here in the States and their members 
comprise a segment of the line. They provide support, 
encouragement, and a home base for the missionary. 
Without prayer and financial support, the mission- 
ary's lifeline would be cut off— his ministry would 
flounder and die and he would have to return home. 

Also, part of the line is the Foreign Missions 
Board. These men give guidance to the missionaries 
and their strategies. 

Another section of the line consists of the home 
office. Members of the staff aid the missionaries with 
the business aspects of their lives. Vital services pro- 
vided by the home office staff free the missionary to 
carry out the Great Commission. 

Not everyone can be at the end of the lifeline 
where the action takes place; we can't even all be 
members of the foreign board or staff members. How- 
ever, we all can be a part of the lifeline; we should be 
where God wants us to be. 

Each part of the lifeline is vital. When one part is 
missing or even frayed, the missionary and his minis- 
try is in danger. 

Quite often we don't hear about the other sections 
of the lifeline. They are not in the spotlight and cer- 
tainly do not seem as exciting as serving on the field. 

Many people in Grace Brethren churches are part 
of the lifeline. They are actively praying for our mis- 
sionaries and giving toward their personalized sup- 
port. We thank God for these folksl 

Many churches are getting involved and assuming 

the support of individual missionary families. In 
1983, Grace Brethren Foreign Missions received its 
largest offering ever-$2,01 5,425. Praise the Lord! 

With more and more churches enrolled in personal- 
ized support, giving toward the general fund has 
dropped. This means that part of the lifeline is be- 
coming worn and frayed. 

You see, nothing is taken out for home office ex- 
penses from money specified for a missionary's per- 
sonal support. Offerings designated for the general 
fund are used for home office expenses. For the past 
two years, general fund offerings have not covered 
these expenses, which are only 13 percent of our 
total annual budget. 

Perhaps you're wondering what is included in 
home office expenses. Twelve people work as home 
staff members. Their salaries and benefits are 
included; plus office equipment, office rent and utili- 
ties, phone expenses, postage, office supplies, admin- 
istrative travel, costs for processing candidates, and 
Candidate School costs— everything that keeps a busi- 
ness running efficiently. 

You can see that the General Fund keeps the 
home office staff moving. Without funds, its work is 
hampered; thus, the missionary's ministry is hindered. 

This is where Operation Lifeline comes in. 

The solution to our frayed line is rather simple and 
you can help. Grace Brethren Foreign Missions is 
looking for 2,000 people who will give $50 annually 
above and beyond their normal giving and become a 
special part of our lifeline. 

These gifts will enable the home office staff to 
continue to work efficiently and to better serve our 
missionaries. Please consider your role in Operation 

Gifts may be sent directly to Grace Brethren For- 
eign Missions or may be given through your local 
church, clearly marked "OPERATION LIFELINE." 

Thank you for your participation and help in 
making the difference in our missions lifeline. 



It will take $75.00 (yearly gift) per member 
of Grace Brethren churches to finance the work 
of the Grace Brethren Foreign Missionary team 
in 1984. 

Can we count on you? 

sFIVIS MAY '84 23 i 

Growing Christians (Continued from page 5) 

others. The Word of God promises that as you pray, 
the Holy Spirit intercedes. "For we know not what 
we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself 
maketh intercession for us with groanings which can- 
not be uttered" (Rom. 8:26). 

Prayer in the Christian's life consists of three dif- 
ferent aspects. Your prayer life is incomplete unless 
you experience each. 

Continuous Praying 

The first aspect of your prayer life is that of con- 
tinuous communion with God. The Bible commands, 
"Pray without ceasing" (1 Thess. 5:17). 

At first glance, this command appears to be an im- 
possibility. How is it that one can pray unceasingly 
and still carry on his many other responsibilities? 

The answer comes when one understands prayer to 
be an unbroken fellowship with God. Just as two 
people can have fellowship with each other day after 
day — constantly aware of each other's presence, so 
can the believer enjoy unbroken communion with 

What is the secret of this daily communion; how 
can it be attained? Here are a few suggestions: 

1. Begin the day by looking into the face of God, 
beseeching His help and guidance, and committing 
yourself to Him. A verse of Scripture repeated im- 
mediately upon waking will often help. 

2. Realize that the presence of God is a reality. 
The Christian is never alone. "Draw nigh to God and 
he will draw nigh to you" (James 4:8). 

3. Take God into your confidence. Talk over 
everything with Him. Allow Him to penetrate even 
the recesses of your heart. Be filled with the Spirit by 
committing all to Him. 

4. Confess sin immediately. Unconfessed sin causes 
a barrier between you and God. Felllowship is im- 
possible until the sin is confessed. 

5. End the day with your thoughts upon the Lord. 
Praise H im for the day 's blessings. May your last wak- 
ing thoughts be upon the Almighty. 

Private Praying 

The fellowship you have with God during the day, 
though absolutely essential, does not fulfill your 
prayer requirements. There must also be a time set 
apart for private praying. 

Jesus said: "When thou prayest, enter into thy 
closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy 
Father which is in secret" (Matt. 6:6). 

In this time of private prayer, when you shut the 
door to all the cares and complexities of life, you will 
accomplish most for God. 

Perhaps circumstances in your life make it difficult 
for you to find a time to be alone with God. If neces- 
sary, rearrange the schedule of your daily activities to 
make this time possible. The sacrifice is worthwhile. 

It is best to have this time the same hour each day. 
The earlier you can have it the better. Moreover, it is 
best to go to the same place daily for this communion. 
Force from your mind all thoughts of business. 

duties, and cares — and concentrate upon God. Praise 
Him for all that He has given you in Christ. If your 
mind has a tendency to wander, pray aloud. Also, to 
aid your praying use some Scripture that you have 

A great deal of your private praying should con- 
sist of petition and intercession — making requests to 
God on behalf of self and others. Do not feel you can 
ask God too much; we reproach Him when we ask 
too little. Let all your requests, however, be made 
with submission to God's will, and with the con- 
sciousness that you are coming to God only in the 
name and merit of Christ. 

It is well to have a prayer list to enable you to re- 
member things you wish to pray for. If God does not 
seem to answer immediately, do not be dismayed — 
He may be delaying His answer to increase your capa- 
city to receive. Keep on asking. 

This time of daily prayer is a must in your life. 
Pray hardest when it is hardest to pray. 

Public Praying 

The third aspect of the Christian's prayer life is 
that of public praying. Jesus said: "If two of you 
shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they 
shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father 
which is in heaven" (Matt. 18:19). 

By public praying, we mean praying aloud in the 
presence of other Christians. This is usually done in 
the worship services of the church, in the prayer 
meeting, or at the family worship at home. 

Unfortunately, many new Christians get the idea 
that their prayers in public must be beautiful and 
eloquent. This is not true. Praying in public is simply 
voicing aloud the requests which are within. 

Begin to learn to pray aloud. At first only a sen- 
tence or two is sufficient, and you may find it helpful 
to memorize your first prayers. Your first attempts 
will startle you —your voice will sound strange and 
artificial. But do not be discouraged; keep at it, and 
public praying will soon seem natural and easy. 

One word of caution. When praying aloud, it is 
very easy to pray to those who listen, rather than to 
God. Beware of this. Direct your full attention to 
Almighty, no matter who else may be listening. 

Attend the prayer meeting of your church. Estab- 
lish family worship in your home — a time when you 
and your family daily pray together. Remember — 
continuous praying, private praying, public praying — 
without these your life as a Christian will be barren. 

Knowing Gods Will 

When one reads the average book on how to be a 
success, he receives the impression that success is 
measured by financial achievement. If you are rich, 
you are successful; if you are poor, you are a failure. 
How different are the words of Jesus, who said: 
"What shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole 
(Continued on page 30) 


%g to help 

in Christian ed, youth, and church growth 

Roy Halberg, President 
Ed Lewis, Director of Youtfi IWinistries 
Brad Skiles, Director of Administration 
P.O. BOX 365, WINONA LAKE, IN 46590 

Youth Ministry 
in the Local Church 

by Ed Lewis and Brad Skiles 

Ed, What is the total church's role in encouraging youth? 

First you have to think of youth work as a ministry to individuals. How 
can you help encourage Jim and Sally and Jane and Bill? Learn their names. 
Talk to them about their interests in school or who they are dating. Simple 
small-talk or joking helps. 

Who's the "You"? 

Everyone in the church. Youth ministry can't be left in the hands of a 
few. The church as a whole needs to see it as a ministry. Youth need the 
interaction of adults in their lives. 

So, if I see a youth with a need, instead of thinking "Someone should help 
him with that ...,"! should respond and build a relationship with him. 

Right! But there might be a tendency only to say something when there 
are problems. The need is to establish a relationship that encourages and not 
simply rebukes. 

What are other ways a church can encourage youth? 

Somehow the church needs to show the youth that they are important. 
The church can do this by including youth testimonies in a service or perhaps 
having a Sunday where the youth ministry is featured. 

And then the church demonstrates their interest in youth by doing a good 
job at selecting and training adults who can shepherd the teens. Youth 
ministry is everyone's job, yet if someone or a few aren't specifically 
responsible for the care of youth, then it soon becomes nobody's job. 

Why should youth ministry be a priority? 

Because it's such a critical time in a person's life. During these teenage 
years a person is making decisions related to friends, faith and values. Teens 
are also asking questions like, "What am I going to do with my life?", "Who 
am I going to marry?" and "What school will I attend?" We need to be there 
as a church to help teens with the major decisions they face. 

Is there a price a church needs to pay for an effective youth ministry? 

Yes, The price might be adding staff or facilities. But I think the biggest 
price (and here's where many churches struggle) relates to bringing non- 
Christians into the church. If a church really has a vision for reaching young 
people for Christ, then that church had better be prepared for such problems 
as smoking on the church property, beer T-shirts, dirty language, and so 
forth. I'm not saying all of that is without problems, but is the church ready 
to interact with non-Christians? Will leaders demonstrate a loving and caring 
spirit even to the kids off the streets? 

If a church is willing to make the necessary commitments, the potential of 
youth ministry is unlimited. Youth are hungry for people who will care and 
love them and help them in the issues they face. 

CE's Young Teen 

August 6-10, 1984 

It will be a fun-packed week including 
spiritual challenges and exposure to 
missionaries! Teens will enjoy films, 
games, team competition, crafts, swim- 
ming and other recreation. The confer- 
ence schedule corresponds to the adult 
conference and has activities and chal- 
lenges for the teens throughout the day 
and into the evening. No lodging or 
meals provided. 


The cost for the meek will be $35, if 
pre-registered by July 13. After July 13, 
the cost for the week will be $40. Daily 
registration is also available at $7 per day 
for pre-registered teens, or $8 per day 
for teens registered after July 13. Teens 
may be registered at the conference. 

To Pre-register: 

Complete the form below and mail 
to: GBC Christian Education, Box 
365, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 
Please include a check for the full 


Family Name 


City /State 


Number in family who will attend Young 
Teen Conference 

D Will attend full week 

n Will attend days 

Cost: (number of teens) X $ 

($7 per day per teen or $35 per week per 

Total Cost; $_ 

(Please enclose a 
MAY '84 20- 


CE Conventio 

August 5-7, 1984 
Winona Lake, Indian, 

Sunday, August 5 

Worship Service With Joe Aldrich, 9; 

Join us for a challenging and uplifting Bible 
class and cefebration service. Dr. |oe 
Aldrich, President of Multnomah School of 
the Bible and author of Lifestyle Evangelism , 
will challenge us from the Word. 

National CE Awards, 7:30 p.m. 

Help us honor churches as we recognize Sunday School 
division winners, Sunday School of the Year, Church of the 
Year and other national CE awards. 

Tuesday, August 7, 7:00 a.m 

Pastors' wives are invited to 
breal<fast Tuesday morning at the 
Grace College dining commons. 
Kevin and Tina Huggins will share 
a personal message drawing from 
their counseling bacl<ground and 
ministry experience. Ticl<ets by 
donation: $4. Pre-register to 
assure your ticl<et. 

And More You 
Won't Want to MissI 

Enjoy a special breakfast for pastors and wives and 
Christian education worl<ers. The breakfast will be at 
the Grace College dining commons with |oe Aldrich 
sharing. Tickets by donation: $4. Pre-register to assure 
your ticket. ^ 

Monday, August 6, 6:00 p.m. m 

VVe're planning a super celebration service with the ^M 
tire Brethren National Youth Conference coming M 
adult conference. Held at the Billy Sunday Taberna^| 
the evening will feature top National Achievemr" 
Competition participants, Operation Barnabas tea 
and more! ;, 

Pre-registration for the National CE Convention will be 
available in the )une Herald or by writing: GBC Chris- 
tian Education, Box 365, Winona Laite, Indiana 46590. 

Monday, August 6 

Three Tracks to Strengthen Your 

Friendship Evangeiism, a Search 
Ministries, Inc. Seminar 

Designed to present a 
model of friendship 
evangelism, this track will 
train and motivate 
believers to share their 
faith through the natural 
bridge of friendships with 
non-Christians. Led by Larry Moody, Direc- 
tor of National Services for Search 
Ministries, Inc. and co-author of I'm Glad 
You Asked, Victor Books, this track will ap- 
peal to lay men and women as well as 
pastors and church staff. 

Methods and Strategy for 
Discipling Christians 

Dr. Max Anders, pastor of 
the Grace Commiunity 
Church in Marietta, 
Georgia, draws from a 
previous ministry as Direc- 
tor of Research and 
Development for Walk 
Thru the Bible to present 
principles for discipling Christians. Par- 
ticipants will learn how to apply specific 
ministry methods for encouraging specific 
spiritual growth. 

Problem Solving In 
Children's Ministries 

Mrs. Bonnie Baker, Cur- 
riculum Director for the 
Thomas Road Baptist 
Church, Lynchburg, Virginia, 
will share creative teaching 
methods for children and how to effectively 
turn ministry problems into opportunities. 

Convention Information 

Monday's convention begins at 8:30 a.m. 
with Joe Aldrich sharing at a general ses- 
sion. The three simultaneous tracks begin at 
10:00 a.m. and conclude at 4:00 p.m. The 
cost for track participation is $10 for in- 
dividuals and $ 1 3 for couples. Lunch is not 
provided. People attending the Friendship 
Evangelism track will want to purchase a 
seminar notebook; cost: $5. 

rethren Nation 
'outh Confer Bi 


WEDNESDAY, August 1, through TUESDAY, 
August 7, 1984, 


Manchester College 

North Manchester, IN 46962 


In a small town located amid farm and lake 
country of Northern Indiana. The college 
boasts a beautiful air-conditioned auditorium, 
a brand new gymnasium with racquetball 
courts. Nautilus weight room, and indoor 
track, two smaller gyms, spacious athletic 
fields, mini-conservatory, as well as six ten- 
nis courts. In addition, the community swim- 
ming pool is nearby. 


A young person must have completed the 
7th grade by conference time. Individuals 
who have been out of high school for one 
year or more are eligible for the Post-High 
Division (Ph.D.) 


Conference Fees Include: all meals, lodging, 

campus fees, insurance, and program costs. 

Pre-registration - $75, due by June 1 5 

Conference fee - $100, due BEFORE or at 


Post-Hi Division - Same as above 

LATE Pre-Registration - $10 penalty for late 

registration — after June 1 5. 

For a conference brochure and complete 
registration information, write: GBC Chriitlan 
Education, Box 365, Winona Lake, Indiana 

DICK PURNELL, a nationally known speaker and a faculty member witti the International 
Scttool o( Ttieology, He has served as a pastor and now is a staff member with Campus Crusade 
for Christ. With an unusual blend of humor, candor, sensitivity and wisdom, Dick pinpoints 
specific needs you may face and offers practical. Biblical solutions. 

ED LEWIS and DAVE BOGUE, returning with their team-teaching 
challenges to "Take the Torch" for Christ, Ed is the National Director of Youth 
Ministries and also Foreign Missions Director of Personnel for the Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches. Dave is youth pastor at the Winona Lake Grace 
Brethren Church. This team has been used by God in a number of camps, youth 
retreats, and conferences, emphasizing commitment to God and practical daily 

JOE ALDRICH, former pastor and presently the president of Multnomah School of the Bible 
He is a challenging speaker to young people. 


PETERS BROTHERS, with their seminar that shocked the world and made national 
headlines, revealing the truth about rock music. Pastors Steve and Dan Peters will share their 
documented research through speech and audio visuals to the entire conference. 

KEVIN HUGGMS, current Chaplain at Grace College. He will be back again 
sharing with us in seminars, and DR. JOHN WHITCOMB, professor, and 
well known speaker on Science and the Scriptures, will present a seminar on 
Creation and Evolution. 

AL HOLLEY, once again joining us in music and praise. Al will be with us for the week 
sharing his special musical ministry. He has recorded several albums, and we look forward to 
fellowshipping with him again. 




* "As newbors babes, desire the sincere milk of the 
Vword, that ye may grow thereby." (1 Peter 2:2} 

Jfisstonary SBlrtMays 

JUNE 1984 

(If no address is listed, the address can be found on pages 31-33 of 
the Grace Brethren AnnualJ 


Jonathan Miller July 10, 1983 

c/o Caixa Postal 861 , 66.000 Belem, Para, Brazil 

Central African Republic 

Mrs. Karen Daugherty July 4 

Miss Carolyn Kodear July 7 

Sean Daugherty July 8, 1983 

Miss Nancy McMunn July 16 

Mark Austin July 23, 1968 

Miss Marian Thurston July 24 

Lisa Immel July 26, 1966 

Rev. Tom Stallter July 26 

Miss Margaret Hull July 27 


Erica Kowaike July 28, 1983 


Mrs. Kathy Harrell July 20 

Mrs. Soni Viers July 20 


Kristina Ramsey July 27, 1983 


Rev. Tom Sharp July 19 

In the United States 

All c/o P. O. Box 588, Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Mrs. Donna Walker July 1 

Elizabeth Hoyt July 4, 1978 

Miss Cheryl Kaufman July 10 

Dr. Don Hocking July 15 

Rev. Bob Williams July 15 

Rev. Earle Hodgdon July 18 

Rev. Jim Hocking July 20 

Ryan Hobert July 29, 1978 

Mrs. Susie Hobert July 31 

Offering Opportunity 

Grace Brethren Foreign Missions 

Down payment on houses for missionaries in England 

Goal: $10,000 

Send before June 10 

Birthday Offering goes toward the support of the WMC Birthday Missionaries honoring 

their years of service. We suggest a minimum of $1 .50 a year per member. 

Send before June 10 





"The Washing ... of the Word" 

by Carolyn Peak 

Community Grace Brethren Church 
Whittier, California 

What do you think about when you wash some- 
one's feet at comnnunion? If your thoughts are similar 
to what mine used to be, you concentrate on the 
mechanics of the service; you become enamored with 
the new shoes across the aisle; or you wonder what 
caused the bunion on the feet next to yours. A few 
years ago it occurred to me that surely there must be 
better thoughts than those to occupy my mind during 
the footwashing service, so I set about to find some. 
Let me share a few of them. 

I began by concentrating on the water in the basin 
and the fact that it symbolized the Word of God. 
That water was hot, almost too hot for my feet, and I 
mused, "How like the Word! Sometimes it, too, is 
hot, searing the sin in my life, burning in my heart 
and bringing scalding tears of repentance. Thank you. 
Lord, for the heat of your Word and for the foot- 
washing service to picture it." 

Another time, still concentrating on the water, I 
watched it splash over my feet and felt it trickle be- 
tween my toes. That water left no flesh untouched, 
and I smiled, "Even so your Word, my Father; it 
cascades over all of my life and trickles into every 
corner of my heart. Thank you for its thorough 

Usually those who wash my feet do it rather 
slowly and gently, but one night the person doing 
mine attacked the project quite vigorously all the way 
from the washing through the toweling. I loved it, 
'cause that was the way I'd always wanted to per- 
form. And I almost laughed inside as the spiritual ap- 
plications sparkled . . . God often uses His Word in 
gentleness— comforting, giving peace, slowly prod- 
ding. But at other times He applies it with such vigor 
that His marching orders nearly leave me breathless. 
"Thank you. Lord, for the variety (and that as Your 
servant I can wash feet either way!)." 

At my last communion I looked down the row of 
people and saw all sizes of feet, little ones belonging 
to children and big ones attached to adults. The water 
washed all of those feet It fit. It was enough for the 
adults yet not too much for the children. I couldn't 
help but see how the precious Word of God also fits 
all sizes. It is simple enough to be understood by a 
child yet profound enough to challenge any adult. 

Next communion is only a quarter away. I wonder 
what I'll learn .... 


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If your council hasn't done so yet, don't for- 
get to elect your local officers this month 
(May). They assume their duties in September. 
The National and District Annual Reports com- 
piled by the retiring local president must be in 
the hands of the district president by June 15, 
1984. Seating of the delegates at national con- 
ference is permissible only if annual reports are 

Be making plans to attend national confer- 
ence, August 5-10 in Winona Lake, Indiana. We 
will be making some important decisions in our 
WMC sessions. 

Aid in expenses, if possible, of your local 
president or representative to attend national 
WMC conference. 



Growing Christians (Continued from page 24) 

world, and lose his own soul?" And again, "Blessed 
are the poor, for theirs is the kingdonn of heaven." 

Success is not to be measured in dollars and 
cents. But if not, how is it to be measured? 

For a Christian, success is knowing God's will 
for his life, and living accordingly. 

This definition of success implies two things: first, 
God has a will for the Christian's life; second, the 
Christian can know God's will. 

God Has a Will 

God has a will for your life! What a tremendous 
statement. A realization of this fact will infuse pur- 
pose, even in the dull, routine affairs of living. Life 
is not vanity for the Christian; it has meaning, satis- 
faction, and usefulness. It will lift you out of the 
mire of despondency, and set your feet on the solid 
rock of service. 

By saying God has a will for your life, we mean 
simply this — the moment you were saved, you 
stepped into God's plan, and became a part of it. 
God's plan for you, however insignificant, includes 
both your total life work, and every detail of your 
life. Whether you are old or young, married or single, 
educated or not, God has a will for your life, and 
wishes to work through you to accomplish His plan. 

God's will may direct you into a Christian profes- 
sion, such as the ministry, teaching, evangelism, or 
the mission field. If you are a young person, this is 
very possible. You should earnestly seek the mind of 
the Lord, so that you may make proper preparation. 
God's will may be that you enter some secular em- 
ployment, or continue serving Him in the position 
you occupied when you accepted Christ. If you are 
older, and established in life, this is very probable. 
However, whether you are to serve Him in a Christian 
profession or in a secular occupation, you are none- 
theless important in His plan. God has many callings, 
and gives many gifts. 

How To Find God's Will 

Undoubtedly, the question asked most by Chris- 
tians is this: "How can I know God's will for my 
life?" A decision must be made, a life must be 
planned, and guidance is sought. God promises to 
guide us. Psalm 32:8 says: "I will instruct thee and 
teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will 
counsel thee with mine eye upon thee" (ASV). 

The Scriptures tell us how to determine the will 
of God. Any Christian by sincerely following these 
rules can be brought definitely to a knowledge of 
God's desire for his life. 

RULE ONE. To know God's will, you must pre- 
sent yourself to God. "I beseech you therefore, 
brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your 
bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, 
which is your reasonable service. And be not con- 
formed to this world: but be ye transformed by the 
renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is 
that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God" 
(Rom. 12:1-2). 

First comes the presentation; then comes the 
knowledge of His will. There can be no knowledge 
without the presentation. 

God's will for you is in two aspects. He has an 
overall will (which is the same for all Christians), and 
a specific will. God's overall will could be represented 
by drawing a large circle; God's specific will, by draw- 
ing a small circle within the large one. 

In God's overall will. He expects you to live a holy 
life. He expects you to have fellowship with Him. He 
expects you to serve Him as an ambassador of Christ. 
Every command to the Christian is a part of God's 
overall will, and God's will is that we become like 

Now, before you can know God's specific will, 
you must be living in God's overall will. You cannot 
get into the small circle without being in the large 
one. It is absolutely necessary for you to present 
yourself wholly and unreservedly to God as a living 
sacrifice. If you have not done this yet, do it now be- 
fdre going on. 

RULE TWO. To know God's will you must earn- 
estly desire it. Psalm 40:8: "I delight to do thy will, 
my God." 

It is very easy for the Christian to deceive himself 
here. He may say with the lips: "Lord, I'll do any- 
thing you will have me do," but at the same time 
have reluctance hidden deeply in his heart. Unless you 
are completely willing to follow God's leading, it will 
be withheld from you. Examine your heart at this 
point. God will not show you what He wants you to 
do; then let you decide whether you want to do it. 
Your decision to do it comes first. 

RULE THREE. To know God's will, you must 
seek God's Word. "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, 
and a light unto my path" (Ps. 119:105). Just as a 
lamp held before the traveler reveals the way to him, 
so the Word of God illumines our spiritual path. 

The Word of God can lead us in two ways — by 
direct statement, or by spiritual principles. 

When God's Word makes a direct statement about 
anything, we can be assured that this is God's will. 
The Spirit who leads us is the same Spirit who 
inspired the Bible. Moreover, when the Word of God 
sets forth principles to follow, these principles also 
lead us into a knowledge of God's will. 

Unfortunately, many Christians make up their 
minds about what they want to do, then go to the 
Bible to find justification for their decision. This is 
like putting headlights on the rear of a car. The Word 
is a light, not to show us where we have been, but to 
show us where to go. 

Search the Scriptures. Never make a decision with- 
out examining all God's Word has to say about your 
problem. Consult the help of older Christians to 
point out to you what the Bible says. 

RULE FOUR. To know God's will you must 

prayerfully consider circumstances. In Acts 16:6 and 

7, we have an account of Paul preaching through Asia 

Minor. He wished to drop south into the province of 

(Continued on page 35) 



Franky Schaeffer autographs books 
at intermission. 

Photos by Roily Ortega 

Franky Schaeffer again spoke to a capacity crowd of college students during the morning chapel. The 
seminar was a combined effort of Grace College Christian Service and Development Departments. 



Featured were John Fischer (left) and Ken Poure (right) 


Approximately 250 high school 
students became part of the Grace 
College campus during the Student 
Leadership Weekend, March 16-18. 
A little over two years in the mak- 

Student Leadership 

ing, the weekend was designed to 
benefit Grace students and the in- 
coming high school students. 

Grace College Chaplain Kevin 
Muggins explained: 'The primary 
purpose was to provide a one-on- 
one ministry opportunity for our 
students. There is a lot of potential 
in the one-on-one contact; that was 
the strength of the whole weekend. 
The second purpose was to give the 
churches some assistance in gener- 
ating leadership among their church 
youth groups. And, finally, to gen- 
erate more interest among high 
school students who are leaders to 
come to Grace College." 

Directed by student Steve Winey 
and overseen by Grace Ministries in 
Action working with the Student 
Activities Board, the weekend 
featured Ken Poure, billed as "one 
of the most exciting youth speakers 
In America today." Musician John 
Fischer came to Grace again to sing 
the folk ballads that teach biblical 
principles for daily living. 

Twenty-one workshops led by 
Grace staff and students focused on 
such topics as "How to Destroy 
Apathy in Your Youth Group," 
"Forming a Music/Drama Troup," 
and "Using Student Government to 
Share Christ. ■ 

One of the many workshops 

:0^ MAY '84 flfO^j^ — 

Photos by Roily Ortega 

Focus on Faculty 


Associate Professor of Homiletics 
Birthdate: August 17, 1941 
Salvation: Summer 1953 
Education: B.A., Bob Jones University 

M.Div., San Francisco Baptist 

Theological Seminary 

M.A., Wayne State University 

Ph.D. Wayne State University 

Favorite Biblical Books: Hebrews, Psalms 

Favorite Scripture: Philippians 1:6 

Favorite Topics of Discussion: Preaching, 

church, family, hobby 
Favorite Subject to Teach: Homiletics 
Joined Grace Schools Faculty: Fall 1979 
Marriage: August 17, 1962, to Linda 

Children: Lori Widman (20), Lois (15), 

Reggie (9) 
Hobbies: Skydiving 

Latest Accomplishment: Completing 72 
skydiving jumps in the past two years 

A Blessing to Grace Schools 

The Administration, Faculty, Staff, and Students 
of Grace College and Grace Theological Seminary 
wish to thank these industries, businesses and their 
employees for their participation in an Employee 
Matching Gift Program for Higher Education: 
Abbott Laboratories 
Abex Foundation 

Ashland Oil 

Bemis Company 

Connecticut Bank and Trust 

General Tire and Rubber 

Howmet Turbine Components Corporation 

Keebler Company 

Mack Truck, Incorporated 

McGraw-Edison Company 

Philip Morris, Incorporated 

Whirlpool Corporation 


Professor of Mathematics and Science 
Education (College) 
Birthdate: July 30, 1940 
Salvation: 1950 in Martinsburg, Pennsy- 

Education: B.S., Shippensburg State 
College of Pennsylvania 
M.S., Purdue University 
Grace Theological Seminary 
Wesleyan University 

(Post graduate work) 
Ph.D., Purdue University 
Favorite Biblical Books: Paul's Epistles 
Favorite Scripture: Philippians 4:8 
Favorite Topics of Discussion: Left hem- 
isphere/right hemisphere, brain differ- 
ences, using computers to meet our 
Favorite Subject to Teach: Intro to Com- 
puters, Statistics 
Joined Grace Schools Faculty: Fall 1965 
Marriage: August 16, 1968, to Linda 

Marlene Edmiston 
Children: Dawn (12), John (9), Richard 

(Jr.) (7) 
Hobbies: Tennis, Softball, woodworking 
Latest Accomplishment: Converting to 
Computer Science 

In Memory of : 

Mr. Ward H awn 
Mr. Albert Ossen 

Mr. John Schaich 
Dr. Stafford Scott 

Given by : 

Rev. Gordon Bracker 
Mr. and Mrs. Clayton 

Mrs. Louise Schaich 
Mrs. R. H. Kettell 


Living Memorials, 

200 Seminary Drive, 

Winona Lai<e, IN 46590 




News Notes 


The proposed 1984-85 Grace Schools budget of 
$7,355,000 was approved by the Board of Trustees 
earlier this year. Vice Chairman Ron KInley presided 
over the Board sessions in the absence of Chairnnan 
Jerry Young who was unable to attend because of a 
leg injury. 

Promotions in rank were approved for college pro- 
fessors Art Davis, Phil Dick and David Diehl to asso- 

ciate professor next year. In the seminary, approval 
was given for Dr. Don Fowler to be promoted to pro- 
fessor, and Dr. David Turner to associate professor in 
1984-85. A semester-length sabbatical leave was ap- 
proved for each of the following: Dr. Lee Kantenwein 
to teach at the Belgium Bible Institute; Dr. Donald 
Fowler to pursue studies in French; Mr. Floyd Votaw 
to organize a library for the Brethren seminary in 
Africa; Dr. E. Michael Grill to participate in the 
American Psychological Association's comprehensive 
review of psychology and take several graduate 
courses; and Dr. Myron Yeager to develop his work 
on Samuel Johnson at the Clark Library in California 
for future publications. ■ 



Growing Christians (Continued from page 30) 

Asia; he wished to travel north into Bithynia; but in 
each case he was forbidden by God's Spirit. Doubt- 
less, the Spirit of God used circumstances to lead the 
Apostle on toward Europe. 

The Lord opens doors. The Lord shuts doors. As 
you will seek God's will, be aware of these circum- 

To be sure, circumstances can be deceptive, and 
the Lord will at times lead absolutely contrary to 
human reasoning; but when circumstances are viewed 
in a spirit of submission, prayer, and desire for God's 
leading, they often provide the clue for determining 
the will of God's Spirit. 

RULE FIVE. To know God's will, you must abide 
in Christ. "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in 
you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done 
unto you" (John 15:7). 

To abide in Christ means simply to live in Him — 
to find in Him your moment-by-moment delight. As 
you abide in Christ, ask God to lead you , and to re- 
veal to you His will. If you have truly presented your- 
self to Him, and desire His plan for your life; if you 
have searched the Word, and considered the circum- 
stances — this guidance will come. It will come in the 

form of a deep conviction in your heart, showing you 
without doubt what your course should be. If that 
conviction does not come immediately, keep abiding, 
keep praying, keep seeking, and simply wait upon the 
Lord. Do not act until you are sure. But be assured 
that God's will can be known, and known with cer- 

Knowing God's will is a day-by-day process. You 
cannot know God's specific will years in advance, but 
you can know His will today. And by abiding in 
Christ day after day, you will remain in God's will in 
future years. Allow nothing to sever that daily close- 
ness to the Lord, for in a moment of human impetu- 
osity, you may make a decision which would throw 
the entire course of your life out of God's best plan 
for you. 

"For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, 
do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye 
might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all 
wisdom and spiritual understanding" (Col. 1:9). 

The preceding article is an excerpt from a BMH Booklet 
Handbook for Young Christians by Rev. Tom Julien. The 
booklet may be obtained by contacting the Brethren Mission- 
ary Herald Company, P. O. Box 544, Winona Lake, Indiana 
46590, for $1.00 per copy. 

Ho^ir Oraee Drethreii Ministers 
Get Enough Money to Retire! 

1. By winning Publisher's Clearing House Sweepstakes! 
Problem: God doesn't seem to answer their prayers. 

2. By wealthy parishioners dying and leaving them lots of money! 
Problem: Not enough such parishioners die and leave them money. 

3. By building up their life savings through the "fabulous" salaries they receive! in the ministry! 
Problem: Not enough Grace Brethren churches pay fabulous salaries. 

4. By collecting social security at age 65! 

Problem: No problem .... Thanks, Uncle Sam. 

5. By the Board of Ministerial Emergency and Retirement Benefits 
paying those in the program a handsome monthly allotment! 
Problem: Not enough churches and individuals contribute to the 

Send your contributions to: 

Board of Ministerial Emergency and 

Retirement Benefits 

Pastor Clair Brickel 

14319 Brookville-Pyrmont Road 

Brookville, Ohio 45309 


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Grace Seminary Library 
Receives 50,000th Volume 

Reflections By Still Waters 

What's in a Name? 
Ziyad or IBM 

by Charles W. Turner 


I think that all of us remember 
the name of a classmate in school 
who had an unusual name. For the 
sake of friendships, I will not seek 
to recall the gems that I remember. 
In olden days, the naming of a 
child was a very important step, 
because the name was to give signif- 
icance to the future of the child. 
This was especially true of biblical 
names and naming of the child was 
done with great care. 

Industrial and manufacturing 
companies have also used their cor- 
porate names to give impact to 
their enterprises. During the past 
years, companies have taken to 
using initials rather than names. 
This can be an interesting matter, 
because the use of initials can also 
be a means of losing all of the cor- 
porations' identity. After all, the 
purpose of the name is to be able to 
be identified. Some corporations 
have used their initials with great 
success. It is hard to miss such 
names as IBM, GM, GE, or BMH. 
However, how does the following 
list seem to help you— ATO, or ISI, 
or maybe KMW? Do not ask me for 
help as I am unable to identify 
those initials with their companies. 

There are many companies that 
have not followed the route of 
initials. They have chosen to select 
names by the use of computers. 
Companies exist that do nothing 
else but select and give names to 
those who request such informa- 
tion. The most famous corporate 
name change is the change of ESSO 
to EXXON. The cost of this name 
change ran to the grand figure of 
$200 million before it was all over. 
Exxon had to change thousands of 
signs at their gasoline stations. 

Here is a list of names of the 
new breed of twentieth century 
companies— Ziyad, Zymos, or 
Zytrex. Do you recognize any of 
them as familiar household words? 
They all have one thing in common 
as they came out of a computer. All 
you have to do is select a dynamic 
prefix— something with ex or ix, 
feed it into a computer, combine it 
with five or six other letters, and 
you have instant confusion. Plus, 
the bill at the cost of $50,000 to 
$125,000, and another bill to rede- 
sign the graphics for $100,000 to 
$750,000. Or, for a more practical 
solution, give a monkey a banana 
and a piece of chalk and let him 
write out a new name for you. 

Names do have much impor- 
tance. Isaiah spoke of Christ and 

said, ". . . his name shall be called 
Wonderful, Counsellor .. .The 
Prince of Peace" (9:6). It will be at 
the name of Jesus every knee shall 
bow and every tongue shall confess. 
The Good Shepherd knows His 
sheep and will call them by name. 
So it is important not only to have 
a name which is familiar to you and 
your friends, but it is also impor- 
tant to have a name with an official 
listing. The very best official stand- 
ing that you can have is the one 
that lists you in the Lamb's Book 
of Life. 

Sometimes when I go into a new 
area, it is interesting to pick up a 
local telephone book and check the 
listings. I do have a tendency to 
look and see if there are any listed 
under the category of Charles 
Turner— rare is the city that does 
not have a few Turners and almost 
without exception there is a 
Charles. In fact, I have found about 
ten other Charles Turners who are 
also preachers. 

So my name is not unique. How- 
ever, I feel confident that when the 
call comes to meet my Lord, I will 
not have difficulty in understanding 
which person He is calling. 

So there is much in a name. I am 
glad that God knows mine and that 
He will use it someday to call me. ■ 



Volume 46 No. 6 June 1984 

The Brethren Missionary l^erald 
is published monthly by the Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald Co., P. O. 
Box 544, 1104 Kings Highway, 
Winona Lake, IN 46590. Subscrip- 
tion prices: $7.75 per year; foreign, 
$9.50; special rates to churches. 
Printed by BMH Printing. POST- 
MASTER: Send address changes to 
Brethren Missionary Herald, P.O. 
Box 544, Winona Lake, IN 46590. 

EXTRA COPIES of back issues 
are available. One copy, $2.00; two 
copies, $3.00; three to ten copies, 
$1.50 each; more than ten copies, 
$1.25 each. Please include your 
check with order. {Prices include 
postage charges.) 

NEWS ITEMS contained in each 
Issue are presented for information, 
and do not indicate endorsement. 

MOVING? Send label on back 
cover and your new address. Please 
allow four weeks for the change to 
be made. 

chandise orders: 1-800-348-2756. 

Editor, Charles Turner 
Managing Editor, Kenneth Herman 
Artist, Mary Jane Fretz 
Editorial Secretary, Omega Sandy 
Departmental Editors: 
Christian Education: 

Ed Lewis, Brad Skiles 
Foreign Missions: 

John Zielasko, Nora Macon 
Grace Brethren Boys: 

Mike Ostrander 
Grace Brethren Men: 
Harold Hollinger 
Grace Schools: 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr. 
Denny Brown 
Home Missions: 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer, Liz Cutler 
Women's Missionary Council: 
Nora Macon 


6 Eagle River Grace Brethren Church Celebrates Their 

8 Council Reevaluates Jewish Work 

9 Pressed into Him 

10 Police Chaplain Carries a Bible; Not a Gun 
12 Husbands, Consider Your Widow 

16 Awaiting the Arrival 

17 Grace Brethren Foreign Mission Special Events at 
National Conference 

18 Extending Our Reach - 1984 Appointees 

20 Planting Churches on the Word of God in Solihull 
24 National CE Convention 
28 Homespun 

30 "Mr. Grace" 

31 Grace Reaccredited for Ten Years 

32 1984 Grace Graduates from Grace Brethren Churches 

bmli fecitiires 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 
• Feature Article 4 • BMH News Report 14 • 

repcrted in the herald lOttOfS 

35 YEARS AGO - 1949 

Rev. C. Lee Jenkins accepted a call to 
pastor a church in Tippecanoe, Indiana. Lee 
was a student at Grace Seminary. . . . The 
new Grace Brethren Church of Fremont, 
Ohio, was dedicated. Pastor was Lester Pifer. 

15 YEARS AGO - 1969 

Rev. Herman Hein and family headed for 
Alaska and Kenai was the city in which they 
hoped to establish a new Brethren church. 
. , . Grace Schools announced a graduating 
class of 96 in the college, and 35 in the 

5 YEARS AGO - 1979 

Labeled the surprise of the year. Pastor 
Ed Jackson announced a move from Kenai, 
Alaska; to Orlando, Florida. . . . Tim and 
Mary Coyle began their ministry at the new 
church in Newark, Dalaware. 

Honest, honest, honest! I am not 
responsible as Editor of the Herald for 
having my photograph on the front of 
the magazine this month. Grace 
Schools did the selection. So this 
notice will save me those letters from 
some personal friends who might have 
some comments. 

However, it did take me thirteen 
years to mal<e it to the front cover and 
I have to admit that my grandson, 
Nathan Turner, beat me by one month 
of having his color photo in the 
Herald. If you noticed the very good- 
looking boy on the Mother's Day pic- 
ture with his charming mother, Caria 
Turner, that was Nate. For that photo 
I will take full credit for its appearance 
with due credit to a very proud grand- 
mother. Honest, honest, honest! 

Cover Photo: Grace Theological Seminary Library has attained a new milestone by acquiring Its fifty-thousandth volume, according 
to Robert Ibach, director of Morgan Library. The honored volume Is a 1796 German edition of John Bunyan's Pilgrims Progress, 
donated by Rev. Charles W. Turner, executive editor and general manager of the Brethren Missionary Herald Company In Winona 
Lake, Indiana. (Photo by Roily Ortega) ^ 


Prerequisites for a 
Pulpit Ministry 

by Glenn O'Neal 

Pastor Timothy was having problems. Some of the lead- 
ers were challenging his teaching and he was impatient with 
those who were slow to respond to his exhortations. Not 
everyone was happy with his ministry. Decisions had to be 
made. Should he deal with the issues firmly? Should he re- 
sign? Should he wait for the problem to resolve itself? 

When word of the problem reached the Apostle Paul, he 
carefully penned a letter "to Timothy, my beloved son 
..." (2 Tim. 1:2). Paul's thoughtful counsel to Timothy 
has been a source of challenge to Gospel ministers ever 

Both 1 and 2 Timothy have provided a solid basis for es- 
tablishing standards for young men entering the ministry. 
The Book of 2 Timothy is especially helpful in providing re- 
assurance to the pastor whose confidence has been shaken 
by problems similar to those of Timothy. Everyone who is 
called to proclaim the Word of God must carefully establish 
principles on which his ministry will be based. Paul warns 
Timothy that many people will not want teachers who 
possess such standards when he declares, ". . . the time will 
come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but want- 
ing to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for 
themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires" (2 
Tim. 4:3). In other words, some people will look for teach- 
ers who say only what they want to hear. 

It is sometimes comforting to realize that the dilemma 
of the preacher is not new. Even in Paul's day there were 
many by-paths beckoning the one who was attempting to 
proclaim God's message. Timothy was urged by Paul to "re- 
tain the standard of sound words which you have heard 
from me . . ." (2 Tim. 1: 13). His reminder to Timothy of 
these standards should be helpful to every minister in 
setting his goals for a preaching ministry. They would also 
prove of benefit to every church as it seeks God's choice for 
a pulpit minister. 

What was the "standard of sound words" to which Paul 
refers which was a treasure to be guarded (2 Tim. 1: 14)? 


The first standard of which he speaks is the minister's 
manner of life. The exhortation to Timothy was, "you 
therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ 
Jesus" (2 Tim. 2:1). A paraphrase of this verse could be, 
"let every area of your life demonstrate the strength that 
comes from the grace of the abiding presence of Christ." 
Before he counseled him as to what he was to say, he dealt 

with what he was to be. The constancy of complaints from ' 
the laity emphasize the fact that the need for this exhorta- 1 
tion has not diminished. 

One church member put it this way, "If our pastor could i 
fly in on Saturday night, preach on Sunday, and then fly | 
out on Monday morning, everything would be wonderful.] 
He's a good speaker, but when you live in the same com- 1 
munity with him and his family through the week, you i 
have difficulty listening to his message on Sunday." 

Suffering Hardship 

An important area of strength relating to the minister's] 
manner of life is the willingness to "suffer hardship" for thej 
honor of Jesus Christ. Paul invited him to "suffer hardship! 
with me" (2 Tim. 2:3) or, in other words, "take your share' 
of the suffering." i 

Three illustrations emphasize the task of the ministry! 
and all speak of the personal sacrifice involved. The soldier; 
only succeeds as he suffers hardship in pleasing the one whoi 
enlisted him (2 Tim. 2:3-4). The athlete receives the prize! 
by following the rules laid down by others (2 Tim. 2:5).] 
The farmer receives his share of the crops only after] 
working hard (2 Tim. 2:6). Paul concludes this exhortation I 
by presenting what should be a continuous challenge to| 
those who would use the ministry for their own purposes:! 
he was willing to "suffer hardship, even imprisonment as a 
criminal" (2 Tim. 2:9), for the honor of the Christ he] 
served. | 

Personal Purity ' 

Another necessary characteristic of the minister's; 
manner of life is a demonstration of personal purity. Thej 
last statement of 2 Timothy 2:19 is, ". . . Let every onej 
who names the name of the Lord abstain from wickedness."! 
Paul then compares the servant of the Lord to the pot or 
pan used in a home and declares that "if a man cleanses' 
himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor,! 
sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every goodj 
work" (2 Tim. 2:21). The "these things" evidently refers tOj 
the aforementioned wickedness which was being perpe- 
trated by the worldly and empty chatter of Hymenaeus and, 
Philetus. Paul stresses the diligence with which one must! 
seek this inner purity and sincere purpose of honoring! 
Christ when he adds, "Now flee from youthful lusts, and' 
pursue after righteousness, faith, love and peace, with thosei 
who call on the Lord from a pure heart" (2 Tim. 2:22). • 
The message which the preacher delivers begins long be-' 
fore he enters the pulpit. It starts in the demonstration of^ 
words and deeds which his audience has observed. It mayj 
come from a good reputation which has been reported byj 

JUNE '84 


others. However it comes, there is no justification for a 
minister to expect a favorable response to his message, or to 
assume his congregation will build a sincere purpose of life, 
unless he himself has responded wholeheartedly in dedica- 
tion of his life to Christ. 


The second "standard of sound words" of which Paul 
speaks, involved the minister's attitude toward people. 

A rude awakening for many ministers is the slow re- 
sponse of people to the simple gospel of Jesus Christ, 
and their hesitancy to grow in the Christian life. 

Constantly the minister is faced with discouragements 
as he attempts to minister to the needs of his flock. Slight 
differences in minor points of doctrine become the test of 
whether one Christian will fellowship with another. A 
divergence of views on some organizational policy sows 
seeds of division which seem never to be healed. 

Timothy was experiencing a conflict over the teaching of 
divisive doctrine. There were those who had been spreading 
the idea ". . . that the resurrection has already taken place, 
and thus they upset the faith of some" (2 Tim. 2: 18). 

The reaction of a pastor to such problems usually takes 
one of two forms. The easiest way out is to become dis- 
couraged and quit. "I love to preach," he might reason, 
"but I just can't stand these unstable people!" Another pos- 
sible response is to exert his authority with severity. "I'm 
going to clean up this problem if It's the last thing I do. 
What this church needs is a good house cleaning!" The 
trouble with the latter response is that often when the 
broom has swept clean, he has no one left to listen to him 
preach, or pay his salary! 

Loving as Christ Loves 

Paul reminds Timothy that a part of being "strong in the 
grace that is in Christ Jesus" (2 Tim. 2: 1) is to demonstrate 
to people the same love that caused Christ to pray for those 
who were crucifying Him: "Father, forgive them for they 
do not know what they are doing" (Luke 23:34). Paul's 
word to Timothy was, "The Lord's bond-servant must not 
be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient 
when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in 
opposition..." (2 Tim. 2:24-25). The pastor constantly 
encounters those who vex his soul because of their selfish 
opposition to the advancement of the cause of Christ. Not 
all of these will be outside the church of Christ. The effec- 
tive minister must develop the attitude of forbearance by 
constantly reminding himself that every individual is a soul 
for whom Christ died and thus has value and exciting 

Paul left no delusions as to the task before him in deal- 
ing with wicked men ensnared by the devil (2 Tim. 2:26). 
He even suggested that "in the last days" these men will be 
even more intense in their opposition (2 Tim. 3:1). Some of 
the attributes listed were, ". . . lovers of self, lovers of 
money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, 
ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious 
gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treach- 
erous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than 
lovers of God" (2 Tim. 3:2-4). 

In determining his attitude toward people, the effective 
preacher should keep constantly in mind that everyone 
with whom he speaks, no matter how unresponsive, will 
have to answer to Jesus Christ. This is a sobering thought. 

and the basis for challenge. The minister is to ". . . be ready 
in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with 
great patience and instruction" (2 Tim. 4:2). 

In spite of the fact that one must look at opposition 
from the world realistically, a constant encouragement to 
the minister is the possibility that "God may grant them 
repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they 
may come to. their senses and escape from the snare of the 
devil . . ." (2 Tim. 2:25-26). One of the greatest joys that 
comes to a pastor is to see lives who have been "delivered 
. . . from the domain of darkness, and transferred ... to the 
kingdom of His beloved Son" (Col. 1:13). If ever the 
preacher loses the expectation of the transformation of 
lives, he has lost much of his effectiveness. 

In spite of the deceivers there are many who come to the 
Lord, grow in the faith and constantly demonstrate the 
reality of the power of God in their lives. These are the 
ones of whom Paul speaks as he tells Timothy that ". . . the 
things which you have heard from me In the presence of 
many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men, who will be 
able to teach others also" (2 Tim. 2:2). To see one's minis- 
try multiplied by the teaching program of those who have 
responded to the Gospel because of his efforts, that is the 
reward which spurs the pastor to constantly minister to a 
world that is being ". . . held captive . . ." (2 Tim. 2:26). 


A further "standard of sound words" worthy of con- 
sideration is instruction in relation to the presentation of 
the Word of God. 

Evidently Timothy was in danger of succumbing to the 
temptation of minimizing the importance of the forthright 
proclamation of the Word of God. Perhaps the opposition 
had caused him to reduce his forcefulness, or the false 
teachers had lured him into the snare of dealing with side 
issues. Whatever the problem, Paul exhorted him ". . .to 
kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the 
laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of 
timidity, but of power and love and discipline. Therefore, 
do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, or of me 
His prisoner; but join with me in suffering for the gospel ac- 
cording to the power of God" (2 Tim. 1 :6-8). 

Throughout the book Paul constantly challenges Timo- 
thy to present God's message with confidence and en- 
thusiasm. Of particular help are his answers to four ques- 
tions that are vital for an effective ministry of the Word of 

1. Why should one believe it? 

He first of all points out that the basis for boldness in 
preaching the Gospel is the fact that God's eternal plan 
has been made sure by ". . . the appearing of our Saviour 
Christ Jesus, who abolished death, and brought life and im- 
mortality to light through the gospel" (2 Tim. 1:10). The 
appearance of Christ after His death is a substantiation for 
the claims about Christ recorded in the Old Testament. He 
chided the doubting disciples by declaring, "O foolish men 
and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have 
spoken" (Luke 24:25). Luke then affirms that ". . . begin- 
ning with Moses and with all the prophets. He explained to 
them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures" 
(Luke 24:27). Thus the risen Christ places His stamp of 
approval upon the authority of the Old Testament. 

(Continued on page 34) 


JUNE '84 

Eagle River 
Grace Brethren Church 


by Liz Cutler 

Promotional Secretary 
Grace Brethren 
Home Missions 

Alaskans generally manifest an 
independent spirit, and the Eagle 
River Grace Brethren Church is no 
exception. Located 12 miles out- 
side of Anchorage, this young con- 
gregation established their inde- 
pendence with a decision to go self- 
supporting on January 1 and are 
looking forward to constructing 
their own building. 

"Primarily, the issue was that we 
had more money coming in than we 
should have for a Home Mission 
church," recalled Pastor John Gillis 
shortly after the decision was an- 

nounced. "There was no sense in 
taking any more money from the 
Grace Brethren Home Missions 
Council when we had more than 
sufficient to meet our needs here." 

The action came a little more 
than a year after the church met for 
their first worship service, which 
was held in August 1982 by Pastor 
Gillis and a group of believers 
from the Anchorage Grace Breth- 
ren Church. 

"We're basically involved in 
sharing the faith in the communi- 
ty," noted the pastor. Other minis- 
tries involved a strong Sunday 
school program and a women's 

"Alaska is somewhat unique in 
that we do not just go into a com- 

munity calling, without making 
appointments," noted the pastor. 
"Alaskans have some objections to 
people just dropping in. They just 
don't do that up here," he added. 

The church's basic strategy for 
reaching the community is sharing 
the Gospel on a one-to-one basis. 
"You reach one couple and you 
have got a new circle of influence," 
he said. 

Gillis left a successful ministry 
at the Simi Valley, California, 
Grace Brethren Church to work 
with the young congregation in the 
forty-ninth state. The major differ- 
ence he and his wife, Ruth, have 
found in the new work is the inde- 
pendent spirit of the people in the 
community. "There is kind of an 



Pastor John and Ruth Gillis 

isolation," he said. "You have to 
breal< those barriers down with per- 
sonal contact and befriending 
people on some other level." 

He has also found that the Alas- 
kan people prefer variety, even 
when it comes to preaching. 'They 
like things to differ, which is un- 
usual for me, because I have a 
pretty traditional approach to any- 
thing," he admitted. "So, I've made 
an awful lot of adjustments, even in 
my own personal thinking." 

At the time the church went 
self-supporting, they had a member- 

ship of 62 people, with an attend- 
ance reaching into the 120s. iVlany 
of those individuals, though, were 
waiting to come into the member- 
ship. "Without having a building, 
we don't have a baptistry," ex- 
plained the pastor. "We don't do 
much baptizing during the winter, 
although another local church is 
very cooperative (in letting us 
borrow theirs). A lot of people who 
would normally be coming in 
monthly are put off, so you have a 
lot of them coming in during the 
summer when you have a baptismal 
service scheduled," he added. 
"Even then, we use the lake be- 
cause the people prefer it. That's a 
chilly experience, because the water 
doesn't get much over 40 or 42 


Fire Lake and Mirror Lake, just 
outside of Eagle River, are used 
most frequently for such services. 
But the group is looking forward to 
the day when they can be held in 
their own building. They now meet 
in a local elementary school and 
homes and are looking for property 
with the anticipation of construc- 
tion in the near future. 

"Like anything else, the success 
of anything is dependent on the 
will of God, not individuals," con- 
cluded the pastor. "Like most 
areas, the success story here is 
God's timing, God's place, and 
God's math. When you get them to- 
gether, something is going to hap- 
pen. ■ 


Council Reevaluates 
Je\^isli Work 

For several years, the board of directors of 
the Grace Brethren Home Missions Council 
has been evaluating their involvement in Jew- 
ish evangelism. "There is a philosophical con- 
flict between our church-planting ministry 
and the unique kind of ministry we have in 
the Fairfax District of Los Angeles," said Dr. 
Robert W. Thompson, western field secretary 
for the Council. He oversees the work of the 
Grace Brethren Messianic Testimony, which is 
located at 469 North Kings Road. 

With that conflict and other difficulties in 
view, officials for the Council have recom- 
mended termination of the work as it exists in 

Thompson cited as contributing factors a 
failure to touch the middle class Jew in the 
area, excessive costs incurred at the Mission in 
relation to results, and the evident 'social 
nature' of the ministry. Also taken into con- 
sideration was the increasing high risk of 
visitation (once a stable part of the work) in a 
community with rising crime rates and so few 
people at home for door-to-door work com- 
pounded with extra security measures taken 
by individuals, such as dogs, security alarms, 
gates and fences. 

"Since our plans for the future are uncer- 
tain as we contemplate the possibility of 
other avenues of ministry to the Jews, it 
seems wise that we wind down our present 
ministry at the Brethren Messianic Testi- 
mony," he added. Rev. Doyle E. Miller will 
be terminating his work as superintendent of 
the work. He and his wife, Jaynie, are hoping 
to continue in some other Jewish ministry. 

Miss Isobel Fraser will continue on at the 
Fairfax location as the Council continues to 
explore new ways of effectively reaching 
Jewish people for Christ. 

"The Grace Brethren Home Missions 
Council is not deviating from our historical 


posture written into our original articles of 
incorporation," stressed Dr. Lester E. Pifer, 
executive secretary of the Council. "The 
articles specifically state that we are 'to en- 
courage evangelization of Jews in the United 
States of America, through active missionary 
cooperation,' " he added. 

"We also recognize that many Jewish folk 
are responding to the Gospel through local 
Grace Brethren churches, he noted, "and that 
they are being integrated and discipled there." 

Thompson also expressed continued sup- 
port of Jewish missions by the GBHMC. "We 
carry on a ministry to the Jews today because 
of our desire to be obedient to the Word of 
God," he stated. "Christ has commanded His 
followers to 'preach the Gospel to every 
creature.' Because of this, we have an obli- 
gation to include the Jew in our evangelistic 

He said that ministry among the Jewish 
people is carried on because of the place they 
take among all people of the world for whom 
Jesus Christ died. "The Scriptures are plain 
that the death of Christ avails for all and, 
today, candidates for redemption are among 
all the nations of the world," he noted. 

"The church of Jesus Christ subscribes to 
the promise of God that those who bless the 
Jew will, in return, be blessed of the Lord," 
he added. "History has demonstrated that 
those who have treated the Jew favorably 
have enjoyed a special portion of God's bless- 
ing. A careful perusal of those nations that 
have bitterly persecuted the Jews will show 
they have been the recipients of God's rod of 
judgment," he added. 

Thompson feels there is justification for 
Jewish evangelism in light of the place these 
historically significant people hold in the 
spectrum of God's prophetic judgment. "Al- 
though rejected by God in this particular dis- 

(Continued on page 11) 


Month CD 

Pressed Into Him 

What can you do when a sister 
or brother in Christ in whom you 
have placed your trust turns and 
attacks you? You pour yourself 
into the life of a fellow believer and 
then see so much growth. The ex- 
citement of it all lifts your spirit to 
a new high, only to see that same 
person flip-flop back down the 
steep hill and he seems worse than 

What can you do? A week be- 
fore Christmas you learn that a 
family's beautiful three-year-old 
daughter has cancer; Christmas eve 
she is gone. That feeling of help- 
lessness haunts your stomach and 
you think, what can I do? 

No commentary will help you 
now. All the church programs in 
the world cannot cure this hurt. 
Out of the last ten seiminars you 
attended, ranging from "Knowing 
Everything There Is to Know about 
Everything" to "Five Easy Steps to 
Becoming the Apostle Paul," not 
one of them taught you how to 
handle this kind of hurt. 

So what you are left with is 
Him. As you are pressed into Christ 
you realize this is where you should 
have been from the beginning. 
There is no Wisdom 101 taught at 
school. I am a firm believer in 
schooling, in programs, and in the 
right kind of seminars; but they are 
only tools. All the answers are in 
Him. "For it pleased the Father 
that in him should all fullness 
dwell ... for in him dwelleth all the 
fullness of the Godhead bodily. 

by Nathan Leigh, Pastor 

Grace Brethren Church 

Ma ka kilo, Hawaii 

And ye are complete in him . . ." 
(Col. 1:19,2:9-10). 

All believers would agree that in 
Jesus we have eternal life, yet many 
times I think we forget His defini- 
tion of eternal life. "And this is life 
eternal, that they might know thee 
the only true God, and Jesus Christ, 
whom thou hast sent" (John 17:3). 
I cannot speak for anyone else, but 
for me sometimes I forget this 
truth. The Christian life, the spirit- 
ual man, the new man, or whatever 
you choose to call it, all begins and 
ends with Him— knowing Him, 
being pressed and sometimes even 
crushed into Him. 

The Scripture states in Romans 
that all things work together for 
good, not that all things are good. 
Items that may seem bad, such as 
attacks on you, will be used for 
good by our Heavenly Father to 
turn and press us into Jesus. In Him 

Pastor Nathan Leigh 

we find the strength to have joy 
and victory. 

Look at Paul. Here is a man that 
was stoned and left for dead, 
scourged, imprisoned, mocked, 
hunted and shipwrecked. Yet, when 
writing to the Corinthians, he can 
say, "For our light affliction, which 
is but for a moment." Ligtit affiic- 
tion? He "suffered the loss of all 
things" (without being proud of it), 
took the spoiling of his goods and 
counted everything of his gain as 
"dung." Why? "That I may l<now 
him, and the power of his resur- 
rection, and the fellowship of his 
sufferings, being made conformable 
unto his death" (Phil. 3:10). 

We can have all the doctrine in 
the world and the best programs 
and biggest churches, but if we 
don't know Him like this, then we 
have missed it! 

God says, "Be still, and know 
that I am God" (Ps. 46:10). Slow 
downl Get into the Word. Spend 
time with Him in prayer. Don't 
spend most of your time getting to 
know about Him. Let His Spirit 
help you to know Him. 

May God let us all come to 
know the love of Christ that we 
might be filled with all the fullness 
of God! ■ 

(GBHIVIC editor's note: Pastor 
Natlian Leigfi is a graduate of Wasti- 
ington Bible College and also 
attended the University of Hawaii. 
He and his wife, Armida, have a 
one-year-old son, Christopher Alan.) 



Police Chaplain 
Carries a Bible; 
^ot a Gun 

Pastor Sheldon Perrine chats with Hemet Police Chief Roger Miller during one of his visits to the police station. 

by Liz Cutler 

Promotional Secretary 
Grace Brethren 
Home Missions 

Police Chief R. Mitch IVIiller 
leans pensively back in his chair, "if 
I didn't think there was a need, he 
wouldn't be here," he says, with 
his left hand resting on his chin. 
"He has been a big help in a lot of 
cases, particularly where people 
were willing to listen to him." 

Who is Chief IVIiller talking 
about? He is discussing the work of 
Sheldon Perrine, chaplain for the 
Hemet, California, Police Depart- 
ment since 1981 and pastor of the 
Grace Brethren Church there. 

"I'm a reserve officer with the 
stipulation that I do not carry a 
gun, but a Bible," stresses Perrine, 
62, who moved to Hemet in 1979 
to pastor the Home Mission work. 
While he Is authorized to ride with 
any officer at any time, and assists 
in counseling crime victims, suicide 
attempts or others in need, he is 
frank about his reason for volun- 
teering his time. "My basic interest 
is winning people to Christ," he 

The time he spends is his own, 
and the only expense to the depart- 
ment is the navy blue uniform he 

Each Thursday, from 1 to 3 p.m. 
and later from 1 1 p.m. to 1 a.m., he 

is at the police station and available 
to talk with any of the 47 officers 
on the department. 'That way, I 
catch all three shifts," he says. He 
also spends an hour at the Fire De- 
partment in a similar capacity and 
has offered his services to the city 
manager for other city employees. 
He is also on call 24 hours a day to 
assist either department in the line 
of duty. 

He began his work in early De- 
cember 1981, and it was a month 
later that he received his first call to 
console the wife of a murder 
victim. Since then, he has served in 
many different ways. He distributes 
Bibles to those in the holding cells 
at the local department (the county 



jail is in Riverside, 35 miles to the 
west), delivers death notices, com- 
forts families of suicide victims, 
deals with runaway teenagers, and 
counsels crime victims. At the fire 
department, he performs similar 
duties, as well as works with area 
social agencies in providing housing 
and clothing for fire victims. 

On one memorable occasion, he 
was called to a hostage situation. 
Not realizing the severity of the 
situation (he had only learned he 
was needed through a telephone 
call), he parked his car in front of 
the home where an armed man had 
barracaded himself with his grand- 
mother as hostage. The officers at 
the scene quickly informed the 
chaplain of the possible danger and 
whisked him away to another loca- 
tion, where he was able to talk 
with the man on the phone. Within 
five minutes, Perrine was able to 
convince him to give himself up and 
he walked out of the house peace- 
fully. (Also as a result of the inci- 
dent, Perrine was given a police 
radio for use in his personal car.) 

"Every time we've used him, it's 
been very successful," says Don 
Gardner, the field training officer 
for the department. 

In addition to serving the public, 
Perrine also leads the Bible study at 
meetings of the local Christian 
Peace Officers Association, and 
offers invocation at city council 
meetings twice a month. "He's ac- 
cepted real well within the depart- 
ment," notes Gardner. 

Since beginning his unusual min- 
istry, the chaplain has led several 
officers to Christ and encouraged 
others to attend the Grace Brethren 
Church, which is located at 26121 
South Hemet Street. Perrine sees 
his work with the city as an arm of 
the church. "It's reaching out to 
people who are hurting, crying and 
in desperate need of spiritual help," 
he notes. 

Gardner, a six-year veteran of 
the department, was one of those 
who was hurting several years ago 
when he called the pastor during his 
off-duty hours. "I kind of wonder 
what my life would have been like 
if I hadn't called him," he now 

says, recalling how his marriage was 
falling apart. "That night changed 
my entire life and put it back to- 
gether. I owe an awful lot to him." 

Officials at both the police and 
fire departments recognize the 
value of Perrine's services to their 
employees. "If they (the firemen) 
are having a problem, anything he 
can deal with will increase our pro- 
ductivity," notes E. L. Price, 
deputy chief-training officer for 
the fire department. (The depart- 
ment employs 34 firefighters.) 

Price and acting chief Barney 
Phillips approached Perrine to be 
the fire department chaplain after 
seeing his success with the police 
department and realizing the need 

for his services. "We saw that 
people out there needed our help 
other than to put out a fire," adds 

"We are privileged with a chap- 
lain that shows a caring attitude, 
gives direction and counseling and 
puts them (fire victims) in touch 
with their clergy, if that's what 
they need," adds Price. 

Perrine came to Hemet, a desert 
community of 25,000 people, with 
two and one-half years experience 
as a police chaplain in Albuquerque, 
New Mexico. He recognizes the 
needs of such a ministry and strives 
to meet those needs. "I'm here, I'm 
available," he says. "I don't try to 
push on anybody." ■ 


(Continued from page 8) 

pensation as a 'favored people,' they still remain the key 
for understanding God's calendar," he said. "This 
special role should challenge us to make every effort to 
alert them to their place in history and to encour- 
age them to place their trust in the One whose name is 
Jesus, the only Saviour of the world," he stressed. 

He notes there is a great appreciation of the role 
Israel has played in the lives of every believer. "It must 
not be forgotten that God selected Israel to be the 
vehicle of revelation to the world," he said. "The 
Scriptures are clear that through them came the oracles 
of God. This special privilege given to Israel also pro- 
vided the human vehicle for bringing our Saviour into 
the world." He noted that God selected one maiden 
from this nation, who bore a child conceived by the 
Spirit of the infinite God. "Little wonder that in our 
gratitude, the Jew holds a special place in the hearts of 
Christians in the evangelistic effort," he said. 

Thompson does not apologize for the high priority 
which is placed on Jewish evangelism in the Grace 
Brethren Home Mission program. "It may be that we 
use the expression 'to the Jew first,' but we do so not 
because they enjoy that special place of distinction 
which was once theirs and shall be again; but also be- 
cause our hearts are moved with compassion for a 
people whose eyes have been blinded to the truth. Like 
the writers of the New Testament, our prayer is that 'All 
Israel be saved,' " he concluded. ■ 




by Russ Dunlap, Director 
Grace Brethren Missions Stewardship Service 

I recently read where four out of five wives will be 
widows. God has much to say in His Word concerning 
the widow. The entire chapter of Genesis 38 is de- 
voted to the account of Tamar, a widow, and Judah's 
treatment of her. 

Exodus 22:22 says, "Ye shall not afflict any 
widow or orphan" (IMIV). In Matthew 23:14, Jesus 
condemned the Scribes and Pharisees because they 
had devoured the widows' houses. In other words, the 
widows were being ripped off by the very religious 
leaders that were supposed to be looking out for their 
interest and care. 

In 2 Samuel, chapter 14, we find Joab conspiring 
with the wise woman from Tekoa to enact the part of 
a widow before King David. The conspiracy was to 
get King David to have his son Absalom return to 
Jerusalem. Psalm 68:5 indicates that God has a 
special concern for the widows. This concern is re- 
peated in Isaiah, chapter 1, verse 17. Further, in Mark 
12:43, we see a widow coming to the special atten- 
tion of Jesus when she gave everything she had into 
the synagogue's treasury. So impressed was Jesus that 
He called His disciples to Him to point out how this 
widow had given everything she had to live on while 
the others were only contributing out of their sur- 
plus or abundance. 

A quick look around your church or a visit to 
most any retirement home should make most of us 
husbands realize our wives will most likely succeed 
us. God expects us to care for our families during life 
and, I'm sure, also during death. A little planning can 
go a long ways toward easing the grief and pain of 







Your Widow 

this experience. We have a small booklet available en- 
titled. Memo To My Loved Ones. This gives a place to 
list information about your heirs, your will, banking 
accounts, insurance policies, and many other pieces of 
information that would be ideal to have accumulated 
in one place. It also contains a space for funeral ar- 
rangements and other requests that you might have 
but never have taken the time to discuss them, much 
less to actually put them down in writing. Needless 
to say, each person with any assets and/or family 
should have a will. Where a person or family has more 
sizable assets which have accumulated during his life, 
there are definite steps that can be taken in the 
course of estate planning to reduce taxes, other 
estate costs and needless delays of time. 

Recently, one of our ministers discussed with a 
gentleman over 90 years of age about having a will. 
As yet, he had never taken the time to have this done. 
Fortunately, it was completed just a few months 
prior to his death. His will included a provision for a 
percentage of his estate to go to Grace Brethren Mis- 
sions, with the balance going to his children. Had he 
not completed the will, state law would have deter- 
mined the distribution of his assets. His desire to 
make a final contribution to Grace Brethren Missions 
would have been unfulfilled. 

If you haven't done so already, now is the time to 
take care of these matters! Please send the following 
coupon for information which will help you. ■ 

Grace Brethren Missions Stewardship Service 

P. O. Box 587 

Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Please send me the following: 

D Booklet, Memo To My Loved Ones. 
n Information about wills. 

n Please have someone contact me. I have questions about 
estate planning. 



City State Zip 

Phone Number. 


i^eiirss Update 

Betty Tamkin, 57, wife of Warren 
Tamkin, home mission pastor at Fred- 
erick, IVIaryland, died on April 7, fol- 
lowing an extended illness. Services 
were held Tuesday, April 10, at 
Hagerstown, Maryland. 

She was born near Warsaw, Indiana, 
and accepted Jesus as her Saviour 
while employed as a secretary /book- 
keeper at the Westminster Hotel in 
Winona Lake, Indiana, following her 
high school graduation. It was at the hotel she met 
her future husband when he came to Grace Theologi- 
cal Seminary in the fall of 1947. 

They were married on June 18, 1949, after she 
had attended Bob Jones University for one year, and 
Warren had graduated from seminary. 

Together, they served pastorates at Martinsburg, 
Pennsylvania; Hagerstown, Maryland; Warsaw, Indi- 
ana; Elizabethtown and Warminster, Pennsylvania; 
and Island Pond, Vermont, as well as a ministry at 
Southeastern Bible College. They moved to Maryland 
to begin the Frederick Grace Brethren Church in 
August 1982. Six months later, her serious and ex- 
tremely painful cancerous condition become apparent. 
She is survived by her husband, Warren; four 
children— Deborah, Ronald, Dawn, and Mollie; her 
mother, Mabel Vanator of Warsaw, Indiana; and 
several sisters and brothers. 

*3*f '^t&s 

Groundbreaking— The Sebring, Florida, Grace 
Brethren Church recently broke ground for its new 
facility. It will be located at the corner of Thunder- 
bird Road and Thunderbird Hill Road. Turning over 
the soil are, from left, Steve Figley, the first pastor; 
Rev. Paul Mutchler, moderator of the Florida Dis- 
trict and chairman of the District Mission Board; 
Theodore Appleman, Dr. Wendell Anderson, Richard 
Metzger and Guy Johnson, building committee mem- 
bers; Rev. William A. Byers, southern field secretary 
for Grace Brethren Home Missions; and current Pas- 
tor Jay M. Fretz. ■ 


JUNE '84 



The Grace Brethren Investment Foundation is going 
the distance with the new and established Grace 
Brethren Churches as they strive for church growth. 
Our low-interest loans make that final stretch for the 
tape come thousands of dollars sooner when com- 
pared to a commercial loan. 

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DThe Lots Are Ours! Finally, after months of 
red tape, the purchase of land for the new Grace 
Brethren Church of Frederick, MD, was completed. 
A special dedication service was held on March 18 
at which Dr. Lester E. Pifer was the speaker. Warren 
Tamkin, pastor. 

DThe Singer Hill Grace Brethren Church of Johns- 
town, PA, recently held a bus promotion. It was an- 
nounced that the winning bus of the day would re- 
ceive the World's Largest Hot Dog (weight, 11 lbs., 
and a bun made from five loaves of frozen bread 
dough). Driver Barry Rouzer and bus captain, 
Tami Lowery, won the prize. Congratulations Barry 
and Tami. 

Pastor Marvin Lowery was honored by the folks 
of the church with expressions of love on March 6 
for his ten years of faithful ministry. In the morning 
worship hour, Don Hunt (song leader) presented the 
pastor with a thorn tree representing hardships, but 
decorated it with real roses and hundreds of dollars in 
tens. The evening service was then followed with a 
fellowship of love. 

n Dr. Donald P. Shoemaker was formally installed as 
the new senior pastor of the Grace Brethren Church 
of Seal Beach, CA. 

The speaker at the installation service was Gordon 
Kirk, senior pastor of Rolling Hills Covenant Church. 
Other participants included: George Peek, pastor 
emeritus. North Long Beach Brethren Church; Dennis 
Brown, state assemblyman 58th district; Rich Buhler, 
pastor El Dorado Foursquare Church; Mike Ryan, 
pastor First Covenent Church of San Francisco; 
Robert Kliewer, pastor Westminster Brethren Church; 
Glenn O'Neil, professor of practical theology and 
former dean, Talbot Theological Seminary. 

Pastor Shoemaker and his family have been mem- 
bers of the Seal Beach church since 1976 when he 
assumed a teaching position as a professor of biblical 
studies at Biola University in La Mirada. He will con- 
clude his teaching at Biola at the end of the semester. 

Pastor Shoemaker is a graduate of Grace College 
and Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, 
IN, and held pastorates in Long Beach, CA; and in 

The National Youth Conference will be held Wednes- 
day, August 1, through Tuesday, August 7, 1984, at 
Manchester College, Manchester, IN. The National 
Conference of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches will be held Saturday, August 4, through 
Friday, August 10, 1984, at Winona Lake, IN. 



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West Germany: 
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Mandukas-071 52-21953 
Pappases-071 1 -751 -290 
Ramsey s-07 1 52-45609 


Kowal kes-0044-2 1 -706-0 1 62 

Steeles-0044-021 -705-8893 





Griff iths-0033-85-801 -007 



Juliens-Off.: 0033-85-331-295; 

Home: 0033-85-331-428 
Peer— Contact the Hoberts 



D Robert Poirier is now the pastor of the Calvary 
Grace Brethren Church of Dayton, OH. His address 
remains the same as listed in the Annual. Pastor 
Taylor is no longer associated with this church. 

clianae yeur annual 

Bruce Barlow, 104 Fifth St., Winona Lake, IN 46590 
/ Dan Ramsey, Egerlanderstr. 2, 7250 Leonberg, W. 
Germany / William Swanner, 8192 Redford Lane, 
La Palma, CA 90623 / Telephone No. for the par- 
sonage at Ankenytown Grace Brethren Church, W. 
Carl Miller, pastor, is 614/694-8175 (the church 
phone remains the same / Discontinue the use of the 
P.O. Box number for Arvada, CO, Dayne Nix, pastor, 
and address mail only to the street address given. 


Death notices must be submitted in writing by the pastor. 
ANKENY, Elizabeth, 96, February 23. Ellet Grace Brethren 
Church, Akron, OH. Richard Bell, pastor. 
AUSTIN, Sue, 94, February 19. First Brethren Church, 
Johnstown, PA. Charles Martin, pastor. 

BOSS, Roy, 73, March 17. Grace Brethren Church, Wooster, 
OH. Robert Fetterhoff, pastor. 

BRIGHTBILL, Hannah, January 19. Grace Brethren Church, 
Myerstown, PA. Luke Kauffman, pastor. 
COPENHAVER, Beulah, 88, February 10. Grace Brethren 
Church, Kittanning, PA. Richard Cornwell, pastor. 
FURST, Carl, 77, March 28. First Brethren Church, Johns- 
town, PA. Charles Martin, pastor. 

FURST, Lula (wife of Carl Furst), 75, February 1. First 
Brethren Church, Johnstown, PA. Charles Martin, pastor. 

GETTLE, Charles, December 29. Grace Brethren Church, 

Myerstown, PA. Luke Kauffman, pastor. 

HAWN, Ward, 80, February 16. Grace Brethren Church, 

Osceola, IN. Gordon Bracker, associate pastor. 

HESS, Robert, 76, First Brethren Church, Johnstown, PA. 

Charles Martin, pastor. 

KING, Evelyn, March 11. Ripon Grace Brethren Church, 

Ripon, CA. Glen Shirk, pastor. 

LIECHTY, Thelma, March 17. Bethel Brethren Church, 

Berne, IN. Larry Edwards, pastor. 

LOHR, Charles, November 6. Grace Brethren Church, Lan- 

ham, MD. Russell Ogden, pastor. 

McNEELY, Donald. Mr. McNeely was a key lay leader at the 

Los Altos Brethren Church, Long Beach, CA, and served as 

an elder, song leader, vocalist and Sunday school teacher. 

Twenty-seven area pastors were in attendance at the 

memorial service. Richard Rohrer, pastor. 

NORTON, Viola, 93, February 2. Grace Brethren Church, 

Kittanning, PA. Richard Cornwell, pastor. 

PLUCK, Doris, 89, February 4. Ellet Grace Brethren Church, 

Akron, OH. Richard Bell, pastor. 

POLMAN, Leila, 82, April 15. She was the wife of Leo 

Polman who preceded her in death in 1979; and mother of 

Pastor Gerald Polman, Lansing, Ml; Mrs. Max (Elaine) 

Brenneman, Warsaw, IN; and Mrs. Robert (Joyce) Griffith of 

Hollidaysburg, PA. — all three have followed their parents' 

footsteps in actively serving the Lord. A memorial service was 

held at the Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, Winona 

Lake, IN, on April 18; interment in Inglewood, California. 

Charles Ashman, pastor. 

ROHRER, Ferdie C, January 27. Mr. Rohrer was a former 

pastor of the Grace Brethren Church of Okeechobee, FL. 

Memorial service was held in the Maitland Grace Brethren 

Church, Maitland, FL. R. Paul Miller, pastor. 

STIFFLER, Gertie, 74, January 10. Leamersville Grace 

Brethren Church, Duncansville, PA. John Gregory, pastor. 

STUDER, Ethel, 82, February 11. A memorial service was 

held at the Grace Brethren Church, Wooster, OH. Robert 

Fetterhoff, pastor. 

YOUNT, Ruby, 75, January 28. Grace Brethren Church, 

Kittanning, PA. Richard Cornwell, pastor. ■ 

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of the Nation 


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Box 544, Winona Lake, IN 46590 
Call Toll Free — TODAY — 1-800-348-2756 

BIMH JUNE 84 15 

ATJ^aiting the Arrival 

by June Immel 

Oh, her lavender and pink room looks so pretty. 
Canopy bed, ruffles, frills; so clean, light, and airy. 
Thank you. Lord, for Lisa. I wish she slept here 
every night. 

Now Kirk and Karl's room. Red, white and blue. 
Very American. National Football League design 
bedspread for Karl. Space Invaders for Kirk. Their 
room appears so fresh and organized at this mo- 
ment. But I know that an hour after they arrive 
home it will be a disaster area— enter at your own 
risk! Oh, well, boys will be boys. I'll not com- 
plain—much. Thank you, God, for my two teen- 
aged sons. 

There! I think I'm ready for them. Yes, you've 
guessed it— my three lovely teenagers are coming 
home for their two-week vacation. I love having 
them around. They keep me young! 

I better check my list again to make sure all is 

v/^Beds made 

v^ Floors swept, mopped, waxed 
v^ Clean throw rugs down 
i/ Furniture dusted 
^/' Window sills dusted 
/ \. Z' Curtains washed, dried, hung back up 

'' \ y/ Bathroom cleaned: tub, wash basin, stool 

5 /^ Towels hung 

I y/ Chocolate chip cookies made, in jar 

I y Cokes and 7-Up in frig 

I y Dining room table made larger 

I y Supper started: tacos and cokes 

' y Remind Etienne to wash the lettuce in 

Clorox, rinse three times (tomatoes also); 
grate cheese; chop onions; make hot sauce; 
fry hamburger, drain; make taco shells 

Whew! All done. Now the waiting. 

Waiting is hard. 

They will be home for only two weeks. I'll greet them with open arms. We will talk, 
laugh, play games, eat, and work together. Yes, together again. Some day for eternity. No 
separations in heaven for the five of us. Praise the Lord. Forever to be together. 

I wonder, is all ready for us in heaven? Is God checking His list? What's left for Him to do 
before He's ready for us? When will we be home? Today? Tomorrow? This week? Next 
week? This month? This year? Next year? 

I'm ready for our children. All the work is finished. Evidently His work is not finished or 
He would be arriving. We need to continue doing His work. 

We're ready and anxiously awaiting His arrival. Are you? ■ 



Sunday, August 5 


2:30 p.m. 

Rodeheaver Auditorium 
Featuring Grace Brethren missionaries 
home on furlough 

Wednesday, August 8 

Foreign Mission 

12:30 p.m. 

Grace College Dining Commons 
Showcasing our new appointees and 
new mission fields 

FMS Corporation 

After the Luncheon 

Grace College Dining Commons 

Informing FMS Corporation members 

about our Society's business and 


Special Events 
at National 

Foreign Missions 
Cliallenge Hour 

7:30 p.m. 

Rodeheaver Auditorium 

Following a special missionary speaker 

will be the commissioning of our 

new appointees 

Foreign Mission Luncheon 

The annual Foreign Missions Lunclieon 
will tal<e place during national conference. 
It will be held Wednesday, August 8, at 
12:30 p.m. at the Grace Schools Dining 
Commons by reservation only. Tickets 
are $6.75 per person. The coupon below 
(or a reproduction of it) may be used. 
This, plus payment, must reach the FMS 
office no later than July 17, 1984. Reser- 
vations without an accompanying check 
cannot be honored. 

tickets for the Foreign Missions Luncheon on 

Please reserve _ 

Wednesday, August 8. Enclosed is a check in the amount of $_ 

for the tickets, at $6.75 each. 



(Mail to: Grace Brethren Foreign Missions, P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, 
IN 46590. Your tickets will be mailed to you in acknowledgement of your 





by Phil Steele 

If you're expecting smoking 
factory chimneys and row 
upon row of dingy "back-to- 
backs" in Solihull, you're in 
for a pleasant surprise. With 
1,000 acres of parks and 
gardens, a wealth of well- 
preserved seventeenth and 
eighteenth century buildings, 
and rural countryside within 
minutes of the town center, 
Solihull looks more like a 
green oasis than the industrial 
and commercial center it is. 
However, beneath the 
country's royal veneer lies a 
Britain in desperate spiritual 



St. Alpheges, once the center 

of community life, now 

stands in the shadows. 

dnjo/tmation ai a QCance 

ji City: Solihull, England 

I Population: 200,000 (Birmingham metropolis — 

2.5 million) 
I Missionaries: Dave and Cindy Kowaike 

Phil and Elinor Steele 
! Date Present Ministry Began: August 1982 
I Pressing Prayer Request: The location and solid 
establishment of a second weekly Grace Bible 
Fellowship as a tool for future outreach. 

Beneath the countrii's roijal veneer 
lies a Britain in desperate spiritual need. 


With an ancient village 
center dating back to 1200 
(when St. Alpheges, the parish 
church, was founded), Solihull 
has quite remarkably main- 
tained its distinctive medieval 
character and charm. During 
those early founding years of 
the town, England wrestled 
from the feudal manor, its 
power and influence. In 
Solihull, as in all of England, 
the Church through history 

held sway over the future of 
the parish community. Even 
today the districting of new 
communities is based largely 
upon the parish concept. 

In the midst of the swirling 
events of the early industrial 
revolution Solihull remained 
virtually untouched. It was 
not until the years following 
1930 that Solihull began to 
grow dramatically both in 
population and importance so 
that today it holds a premier 

position as one of Britain's 
model communities. With the 
privatization of major busi- 
nesses and an expanding 
housing market, Solihull lies at 
a strategic intersection in 
Britain's future. 

Central to the strategy for 
church planting in Britain is 
the selection of vital and 
growing population centers 
which offer a fertile breeding 
ground for the establishment 
of local Grace Brethren 
churches. Solihull, located on 
the south fringe of the vast 
greater Birmingham metropo- 
lis, became the target point for 
this pioneering effort in 

(Continued on page 22) 



The State and the Church have a history of incompatibility. 

ITV Sunday 6'OOpm. Credo. 
The Government and the Church. 

The large majorit\; of its churches, and perhaps all its seminaries, 
have tragical!]; sacrificed their distinctive biblical origins. 

(Continued from page 2 1) 

England. Geographically at 
the heart of England, Solihull 
offered both an opportunity 
for good foundation laying 
and a significant springboard 
for future churfch planting 
efforts in other parts of the 

In Britain, as in much of the 
world, the pendulum of 
church history has swung in 
tune with secular world 
history. In Europe when the 
Dark Ages lifted its veil to 
reveal a new emphasis in pro- 
gressive art, literature, and 
philosophy (through the 
Renaissance), the German 

Reformation gave rise to a 
growing theological dialogue. 

Similarly, following the 
heavily suppressive and 
almost puritanical Victorian 
era in England, the secular 
world burst its seams with its 
newly discovered freedoms 
and liberties. The English 
Church, in like fashion, em- 
braced an extreme in both 
doctrine and practice, so that 
today the large majority of its 
churches, and perhaps all its 
seminaries, have tragically 
sacrificed their distinctive 
biblical origins. 

This record of violent 

reactions to extreme positions 
has prompted concern to 
restore a biblical balance and 
an attempt to return the 
pendulum to full center. The 
church planted in England will 
only find lasting root in a 
sensitive but confident reliance 
upon the sufficiency of God's 
Word. The England church 
planting team's motto says it 
best: "Planting Churches on 
the Word of God." 

The present ministry in 
Solihull uses a Sunday morning 
service for collective worship 
as well as a Thursday evening 
Bible Fellowship (Grace Bible 




The ultimate success . . . to win and 
train men for key leadership roles 

Fellowship) to emphasize the 
threefold priority of evange- 
lism, discipleship, and mutual 
care. (This is at the heart of 
the concern to be biblical 
Christians.) This emphasis is 
the single greatest tool for 
introducing new contacts to 
the Scriptures. It also leads 
toward the goal of an indige- 
nous British church. 

Among the most important 
of these early foundational 
stages of church planting is the 
recognition and training of 
men with leadership potential. 
The ultimate success of the 
mission to Solihull will be 

measured by the ability to win 
and train men for key leader- 
ship roles. Both missionary 
couples, the Dave Kowalkes 
and the Phil Steeles, are 
working in Solihull toward the 
goal of a self-governing and 
self-propagating church. This 
involves discipling and teach- 
ing people to become a team 
of leaders. 

The birth day of Grace 

Brethren Foreign Missions in 
Great Britain has become a 
reality. A growing group of 
British Christians stand com- 
mitted to the nurture of this 
first born assembly. The an- 
ticipation for the future can 
only be measured by the con- 
fidence in Jesus' own promise 
to build His church ... in 
Solihull. ■ 


JUNE '84 



♦••••••••• ♦ 

* Pastors and Wives * 

Enjoy a special 
breakfast for pastors 
and wives and Clnris- 
tian education 

workers on IVlon- 
day, August 6, at 
7:00 a.m. The 
breakfast will fea- 
ture a challenge by 
Dr. Joe Aldrich. 
Held at the Grace 
College Dining Com- 
mons. Tickets are 
by donation: $4. 


^••••••••* -K 

Monday Night 



On Monday, 

August 6, at 7:00 
p.m., the entire 
Brethren National 
Youth Conference 
will come to adult 
conference to share 
in a super celebra- 
tion service. Held at 
Billy Sunday Taber- 
nacle, the evening 
will feature top 
National Achieve- 
ment Competition 
participants. Opera- 
tion Barnabas teams 
and more! 

♦ ♦*■■*•■*•♦•¥•■¥■■*■■¥■->< 

• •**■*•**••* 
Pastors' Wives 

A time of fellow- 
ship and encourage- 
ment at the Grace 
College Dining 

Commons on Tues- 
day, August 7, at 
7:00 a.m. Kevin and 
Tina Huggins will 
share a personal 
message. Tickets by 
donation: $4. Pre- 
register to assure 
your ticket. 

♦ •••••••••-♦^ 



Dr. Joe Aldrich, president of 
Multnomah School of the 
Bible and author of Lifestyle 
Evangelism, is a graduate of 
Dallas Theological Seminary and former pastor 
of the Mariners Church, Newport Beach, Cali- 


j'?,'^,.. Rev. Larry Moody is the Direc- 

jj^^'l^jj^^^^ tor of National Services for 
^^^^ ^^Ib Search Ministries, Inc., and co- 
^^^^ A^^H author of I'm Glad You Asked 
by Victor Books. For the last ten years, Larry 
has been involved in a ministry of lifestyle evan- 
gelism and discipleship. 

^ fenders 

.^^^^I^S ^'' ^^^ Anders is pastor of 

^^^ ^'■■^^ the Grace Community Church, 
^^H J^^^ Marietta, Georgia, and a visit- 
^^B i^^^B ing professor in Christian Edu- 
cation at Dallas Theological Seminary and 
Grace Theological Seminary. He also draws 
from a previous ministry as Director of Re- 
search and Development for Walk Thru the 


Mrs. Bonnie Baker is the Chil- 
dren's Ministries Curriculum 
Director for the Thomas Road 
Baptist Church, Lynchburg, 

Virginia. She is a frequent workshop speaker at 

Sunday school conventions. 


Kevin and Tina Huggins will 
share from their ministry ex- 
perience at the Pastors' Wives 
Breakfast on Tuesday morning. 
Kevin is chaplain for Grace College and a popu- 
lar speaker to youth and parents. Together, 
they are active in counseling and discipling 
young adults and frequently minister to youth 
pastors and wives. 



August 5-7, 1981 


August 5 

Pastors and Wivi 

Joe Aldrich, sc 


Worship Celebration 

Billy Sunday Tabernacle 



Joe Aldrich, speaker 




Larry Moody j 

seminar leadet 


A Search Ministries 




Designed to pres 


a model of friend 


evangelism, this tt 

will train and mot 

believers to share 

faith through th 

natural bridge c 

CE Awards 

friendships wit 




Seminar noteboo 

Billy Sunday Tabernacle 


available at 

Sunday School 

$5 each. 

Division Winners 

Sunday School of the 


Church of the Year 


And more! 


JUNE '84 

The National CE Convention is sponsored b\ 
GBC Christian Education and corresponds with 
the National Conference for the Fellowship o 
Grace Brethren Churches. The three simultane 
ous tracks on Monday are designed to glv( 
practical help to pastors and their wives, churci 
staff mennbers and the grassroot workers ir 
local churches. The cost for track particlpatior 
Is $10 for individuals and $13 for couples 
Lunch Is not provided. People attending th( 
Friendship Evangelism track will want to pur 
chase a seminar notebook; cost: $5. All Men 
day workshops will be at the Winona Laki 
Grace Brethren Church. 



\inona Lake, Indiana 



1st 6 

August 7 

lian Education Workers Breakfast 

Pastors' Wives 

1 Grace College Dining Commons 


7:00, Grace College 

45, Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church 

Kevin and Tina Huggins 

drich, speaker 











Bonnie Baker, 

i/lax Anders, 

seminar leader 

sminar leader 

A practical tract with 

10 topics, "How 

these topics; 

stians Grow" and 

"Total Training for the 

aching Methods 

Total Child-Our 

hat Encourage 

Thomas Road 

>wth," will help 


;lpants learn how 

"Effective Workers— 

: specific ministry 

The Key to Making the 

ids in encouraging 

Bible Come Alive" 

ecific spiritual 

See the FGBC National 

growth . 

"Questions & Answers" 

Conference program for 

"Versatile Visuals- 

conference activities on 

Using the Five Senses" 

Sunday and Tuesday 

"Creative Curriculum" 

through Friday 

/ICE with Brethren National Youth 

p.m. Billy Sunday Tabernacle 

CE's Young Teen 

August 6-10, 1984 

It will be a fun-packed week including 
spiritual challenges and exposure to mis- 
sionaries! Teens will enjoy films, games, 
team competition, crafts, swimming and 
other recreation. The conference schedule 
corresponds to the adult conference and 
has activities and challenges for the teens 
throughout the day and into the evening. 
No lodging or meals provided. 


The cost for the week will be $35, if 
pre-registered by July 13. After July 13, 
the cost for the week will be $40. Daily 
registration is also available at $7 per day 
for pre-registered teens, or $8 per day for 
teens registered after July 13. Teens may 
be registered at the conference. 

To Pre -register 

Complete the form below and mail to: 
GBC Christian Education, Box 365, 
Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. Please in- 
clude a check for the full amount. 


Pre-registration Form 



Send to: 
GBC Christian 

Box 365 
Winona Lake, 
Indiana 46590 

"Check must 
p re-registra tion 







Number who will attend Young Teen Conference 

DWill attend full week DWill attend days 

Cost: (number of teens) X $ ($7 per day per 

teen or $35 per week per teen) Total cost: $ 

Monday Breakfast 

# tickets ($4 donation) 

Tuesday Breakfast 

# tickets ($4 donation) 


Track Registration 

# individual(s) ($10each) 

# couple(s) ($13/couple) 

Convention cost . 
Combined Total* 

rethreu Nrntia 



WEDNESDAY, August 1 , through TUESDAY, 
August 7, 1984. 


Manchester College 

North Manchester, IN 46962 


In a small town located amid farm and lake 
country of Northern Indiana. The college 
boasts a beautiful air-conditioned auditorium, 
a brand new gymnasium with racquetball 
courts. Nautilus weight room, and indoor 
track, two smaller gyms, spacious athletic 
fields, mini-conservatory, as well as six ten- 
nis courts. In addition, the community swim- 
ming pool is nearby. 


A young person must have completed the 
7th grade by conference time. Individuals 
who have been out of high school for one 
year or more are eligible for the Post-High 
Division (Ph.D.) 


Conference Fees Include: all meals, lodging, 

campus fees, insurance, and program costs. 

Pre-registration - $75, due by June 15 

Conference fee - $100, due BEFORE or at 


Post-Hi Division - Same as above 

LATE Pre-Registration - $10 penalty for late 

registration - after June 1 5. 

For a conference brochure and complete 
registration information, write: GBC Christian 
Education, Box 365, Winona Lake, Indiana 

DICK PURNELL, a nationally known speaker and a faculty member with the International 
School ol Theology, He has served as a pastor and now is a staH member with Campus Crusade 
lor Christ. With an unusual blend of humor, candor, sensitivity and wisdom. Dick pinpoints 
specific needs you may face and offers practical. Biblical solutions 

ED LEWIS and DAVE B06UE, returning with their team-teaching 
challenges to "Take the Torch" for Christ. Ed is the National Director ol Youth 
Ministries and also Foreign fi/lissions Director of Personnel for the Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches Dave is youth pastor at the Winona Lake Grace 
Brethren Church. This team has been used by God in a number of camps, youth 
retreats, and conferences, emphasizing commitment to God and practical daily 

JOE ALDRICH, former pastor and presently the president of Multnomah School ol the Bible. 
He IS a challenging speaker to young people. 




PETERS BROTHERS, with their seminar that shocked the world and made national 
headlines, revealing the truth about rock music. Pastors Steve and Dan Peters will share their 
documented research through speech and audio visuals to the entire conference. 

KEVIN HUGGINS, current Chaplain at Grace College He will be back again 
sharing with us in seminars, and DR. JOHN WHITCOMB, professor, and 
well known speaker on Science and the Scriptures, will present a seminar on 
Creation and Evolution, 

AL HOLLEY, once again joining us in music and praise Al will be with us for the week 
sharing bis special musical ministry. He has recorded several albums, and we look forward to 
lellowshipping with him again. 






Mrs. Margie Devan, 2507 Vancouver Drive, 
N.W., Roanoke, VA 24012 (Tel. 
First Vice President 

Mrs. Althea Miller, 5772 Karen Avenue, 
Cypress, CA 90630 (Tel. 714/995-6140) 
Second Vice President 

Mrs. Triceine Custer, 2515 Carriage Lane, 
Powell, OH 43065 (Tel. 614/881-5779) 

Mrs. Florence Lesh, Route 3, La Porte City, 
lA 50651 

Assistant Secretary 

Mrs. Virginia Sellers, 216 E. Pine, Wooster, 
OH 44691 (Tel. 216/263-6334) 
Financial Secretary-Treasurer 
Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 Chestnut Avenue, 
Winona Lake, IN 46590 (Tel. 219/267-7588) 
Assistant Financial Secretary-Treasurer 
Mrs. Donna Miller, Route 8, Box 277, War- 
saw. IN 46580 (Tel. 219/267-2533) 
Literature Secretary 

Mrs. Betty Hall, Route 8, Box 297, Warsaw, 
IN 46580 (Tel. 219/267-3634) 

Miss Nora Macon, 705 Terrace, Winona 
Lake, IN 46590 (Tel. 219/267-7527) 
Prayer Chairman 

Mrs. Debbie Adams, R.D. 4, Box 94-A, Kit- 
tanning, PA 16201 


Msstcnary ^Birthdays 

AUGUST 1984 

{If no address is listed, the address can be found on pages 31-33 of 
the Grace Brethren Annual.^ 


Jackie Nairn August 3, 1971 

Mrs. Betty Nairn August 1£ 


Mrs. Evelyn Johnson August 10 

Jeffrey Earner August 20, 1967 

Central African Republic 

Jeffrey Skeen August 4, 1980 

Kathy Warnemuende August 16, 1981 

Kirk Immel August 26, 1968 


Miss Trudy Kauffman August 2 

Julie Weaver August 2, 1981 

Matthieu De Armey August 8, 1982 

Stephanie Nord August 11, 1983 

Ginette DeArmey August 12, 1970 


Rev. David Manduka August 10 


Rev. Jack Churchill August 20 

The Philippines 

Mrs. Kim Hulett August 23 

~ Spain 

Rev. Bob Salazar August 20 

Mrs. Marilyn Salazar August 20 

In the United States 

Rev. Bill Burk August 5 

Miss Ruth Kent August 21 

Dr. Jake Kliever August 21 

Rev. David Griffith August 26 

Mrs. Lois Belohlavek . August 29 




Even though WMC does not have "offices" as 
such, and the officers do not get paid for 
their work, we still incur expenses. This 
offering goes toward those expenses 
and keeping WIVIC running. 

Goal: $10,000 
Send before September 10, 1984 



— The WMC of the Atlanta (Marietta), 
Georgia, Grace Brethren Church had an of- 
ficers retreat in the summer. It lasted one 
day and was held at a place other than the 
church. The officers thought the day of 
prayer and planning was much fun and very 

— Several WIVICs have carry-in picnics dur- 
ing the summer months. They meet at a 
member's home or at a park about one hour 
earlier than their regular meeting times. 
These are excellent times to invite guests. 

— The Orlando, Florida, WMC concen- 
trates on missions. Each month they gather 
missionary prayerletters, pass them out, and 
get in groups of two or three to pray for the 
missionaries and their needs. It's helped the 
ladies to get to know the missionaries much 

— After having a big cleaning day and not 
having the necessary supplies, the Ozark, 
Michigan, WMC had a shower of cleaning 
supplies for their church. Each lady brought 
some product or device, so at the next clean- 
ing day, everything was available. 

— Another popular (and effective) idea 
among our WMCs involves getting new ladies 
involved. Each month several of the ladies 
who are driving call a woman and invite her 
to go to the meeting. The WMC lady then 
picks up the lady, takes her to the meeting, 
introduces her, and makes her feel welcome. 

So many times we are faced with the concern that 
our children have the proper concept of death. We 
want them to understand it, yet not dwell on it. 

An interesting illustration was brought to our at- 
tention last summer. Our acreage is part of a 40-acre 
farm which is bordered by two creeks. We have been 
fortunate to inherit many lovely bushes and flowers 
all the way from roses to honeysuckle to, yes, even 
thistle! Along with the moist shaded areas come the 
thrill of our son and the detest of our daughters and 
their mother, garter snakes. We see them often and 
frequently happen along the outgrown, discarded skin 
of a snake. These thin dry skins are quite interesting. 
The stripes and scars of the snake are evident on the 
skin. Its detailed appearance is easily definable. 

The first time our son found a snake skin outside, 
he bounded into the house, anxious to find out what 
he had. As I explained, the analogy became apparent 
and I went on to explain it to him. The snake no 
longer had need of the old dry skin, so it slid out 
without anyone seeing it and having obtained its new 
skin, was "perfect" once more, no scars or flaws. 

Our own transformation from this old body into 
our new one is much the same. We have a body that 
contains our being. The body is adequate to house us 
until God decides it is no longer needed. He wants us 
to have a perfect body, one without pain, scars, and 
all of the sickness we go through. At a time when we 
don't know or even see, God slips us out of that old 
skin and carries us, who have believed on Him as our 
Savour, to heaven where we receive a new, perfect 
body. The "house" or "shell of skin" we leave behind 
is no longer important and, therefore, we will bury it 
in the ground. 

Our Lord and Saviour knows what is best for us 
and His timing is perfect. We can have comfort in that 
and can reassure our children also. It's sad that the 
most glorious promotion for the Christian is unseen 
through the tears of grief by those left behind. Our 
loss is heaven's gain. May God be praised! — Betty 
Bergen, Waterloo, Iowa ■ 



1 984-85 


UNDAUNTED HOPE by Florence Newberry Gribble, MD, reprinted 1984 Brethren Missionary Herald 

Undaunted Hope is a missionary biography of James Gribble, a heroic missionary pioneer in one of 
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Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 

The Hoyt Home 

"Mr. Grace" 

C. H. Lackey, pastor of the Grace Brethren Church at Portis, Kansas; 
and Dr. Herman Hoyt enjoyed a successful fishing trip in 1976 with 
Hud Turner, member of the Portis church. 

by Denny Brown 

Leaving a legacy is an ac- 
complishment that few 
achieve. Those who would 
aspire to doing so usually fall 
short of their aspiration. 

Dr. Herman A. Hoyt has 
been a part of our Fellowship 

since its birth, as well as 
having been a part of Grace 
Schools from its beginning. 
Generational transitions are 
always the easiest to make, 
since they are forced upon us. 
But we share regrets and con- 
cerns when a change involving 
a person, personality or leader- 

ship occurs. 

Dr. Hoyt's ministry while at 
Grace touched countless lives. 
His travels influence thousands 
of people who respect him not 
only as a theologian, but also 
as an encourager, a teacher, 
and a friend. To many he was 
"Mr. Grace" for many years. 
In my travels I benefit from 
the plowing and planting of 
Dr. Hoyt throughout our Fel- 

The Hoyt residence at 1201 
Presidential Drive, Winona 
Lake, Indiana, was recently 
acquired by Grace Schools in 
an annuity agreement with Dr. 
and Mrs. Hoyt. Although they 
have moved to Lancaster, 
Pennsylvania, Dr. Hoyt will 
remain a permanent "Grace" 
fixture in our hearts and 

Thank you. Dr. Hoyt. ■ 





Grace Reaccredlted 
for Ten Years 

by Dr. Vance A. Yoder 

Grace College Academic Dean 

Grace College has been reaccredlted recently for 
ten years by the North Central Association of 
Colleges and Schools. North Central, the largest of 
our country's regional accrediting associations, re- 
news accreditation of member colleges periodically 
for a stated period, with ten years as the maximum 
allowed before review is again made. 

The recent evaluation team, consisting of four edu- 
cators from other N.C.A. colleges, commended Grace 
with the following statement: 

Since its founding . . . with an enrollment of 
25, Grace College has demonstrated a pattern 
of consistent growth and development. The de- 
velopment of its faculty, the refinement of its 
programs, its obvious responsiveness to con- 
cerns expressed by previous N.C.A. teams, all 
demonstrate a genuine desire to operate a 
quality institution. While the future is proble- 
matic for all independent colleges, the college's 
ability to identify a specific constituency inter- 
ested in the kind of education provided, 
coupled with the steady support of the sponsor- 
ing church and alumni, bode well for the future 
of the institution. 

A clear and purposeful mission was cited as com- 
mitting "the college to the Bible and the Christian 
world view as the integrating theme of its educational 
programs." The statement of Grace's mission also in- 
cludes "a holistic philosophy of education with a 
liberal arts emphasis." 

Of the human resources the evaluation report 
remarks: "Strength in the faculty lies in the commit- 
ment and dedication of the individuals who teach at 
the college and the consonance of their goals and aca- 
demic philosophy with those of the institution." Par- 
ticular commendations were also made for the 
library, student services, and financial management: 
"All of the auxiliary services contribute significantly 
to the college's mission by providing a learning en- 

vironment away from home which is consistent with 
the beliefs of the sponsoring body." 

With the heart of a college centered in its academic 
program the team reported that "strengths in the edu- 
cational program lie in the appropriateness of the 
curriculum to the student constituency and in the 
dedication and hard work of the faculty. The fit be- 
tween the way courses are taught, especially in the 
affective dimensions of teaching, and the needs of 
students is clearly consistent. . . . Team members 
verified educational experiences and instruction by 
examining syllabi, textbooks and other course 
materials, attending classes, observing classrooms and 
laboratories, and in discussions with members of the 
Grace College community. Department budgets and 
expenditures were examined. The education experi- 
ence is the result of a hard-working faculty, carefully 
selected students, an attractive environment for learn- 
ing and instruction, and a supportive administration." 

Faith and learning are conscientiously integrated 
at Grace and this fact was clear to the evaluators: "In- 
terviews with students indicate that those standards 
contribute significantly to the school's recruiting 
efforts. Interviews with faculty revealed extensive ef- 
forts are being made to integrate the belief system 
into the content of the courses offered. The team 
observed general satisfaction among faculty and stu- 
dents with the quality of institutional life." 

Several suggestions were also made for the devel- 
opment of a comprehensive master plan for the next 
decade, less reliance on tuition income in the total 
budget, adapting to changing student interest in 
various career fields, and a wider role for the entire 
campus community in decision-making. 

Grace College has been a four-year evangelical 
Christian college for thirty years. Affiliated with the 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, it looks 
forward to serving with continued distinction in the 
future. ■ 


JUNE '84 



1984 Grace College Graduates 

from Grace Brethren Churches 


Leeta Christie, Sidney GBC (IN) 

(also Behav. 



Cindy Clark, Valley GBC, 

Hagerstown (MD) 
Veisa Dingus, Lehigh Valley GBC, 

Bethlehem (PA) 
Patrice Fukuda, Waimalu GBC, Aiea (HI) 
Nancy Keener, Ashland GBC (OH) (also Behav. 

Serena Myers, Lansing GBC (Ml) 
Cheryl Tweeddale, Penn Valley GBC, 

Telford (PA) 

Tammy Voignier, Ft. Myers GBC 

(also Behav. 




Timothy Anderson, Winona Lake 




Peter Bitner, Calvary GBC, 


Hagerstown (MD) 


Rodney Dawson, Winona Lake 




Christine Friddle, York GBC 




Paul Gregory, Yakima GBC (WA) 

Bib. Studies 

Thomas Kiefer, Fairlawn GBC, 


Akron (OH) 


John Nelson, Winona Lake GBC 




James Pitsenbarger, Ashland GBC 




Timothy Poyner, Hagerstown GBC 




John Rummel, Hagerstown GBC 



Joseph Scarcella, Ellet GBC, 


Akron (OH) 


Curtis Shriner, Ashland GBC 




Jerald Abbitt, Phoenix GBC (AZ) 

Lori Aulger, Southview GBC, 
Ashland (OH) 

Bus. Admin., 



Laura Barber, GBC of Sim! 


Valley (CA) 


John Boal, Uniontown GBC (PA) 

Bus. Admin., 

Bus. Ed. 

Andrew Bonham, Huber Heights 


GBC, Dayton (OH) 

Janet Catlett, Kent GBC (WA) 


Thomas Chappell, Winona Lake 

Bus. Admin., 



David Clawson, Winona Lake 



Computer Sci. 

Steven Conder, Goshen GBC 




Scott Dennull, Community GBC, 

Computer Sci., 

Union (OH) 


Susan Dowsett, Lexington GBC 




Timothy Ellis, Patterson Mem. GBC, 


Roanoke (VA) 

Bus. Admin. 

Carlene Finster, Peru Brethren 


Church (IN) 


David Friddle, Canton GBC (OH) 



Lisa Gearhart, Ghent GBC, 


Roanoke (VA) 

Bus. Admin. 

EHzabeth Geary, Canton GBC 




Kimberly Gegner, GBC of Greater 


Wash., Temple Hills (MD) 

Lynn Gibbons, Bellflower GBC (CA) 


Ruth Gilmore, Wash. Hgts. GBC, 


Roanoke (VA) 

David Harper, GBC of Simi 


Valley (CA) 

Beverly Hodgdon, Wooster GBC (OH) Life Science 

Sheri Hoffer, GBC of Lititz (PA) 

Bus. Admin. 

Lisa Holland, Ghent GBC, Roanoke 




Julie Hurlburt, Woodville GBC, 


Mansfield (OH) 


Ruthann Johnson, Ghent GBC, 


Roanoke (VA) 


Susan Johnson, Washington GBC 




Steven Kern, Woodville GBC, 


Mansfield (OH) 

Madison Knight, Bethel Brethren 


Church, Osceola (IN) 


Charles Lawson, Trotwood GBC (OH) Business 



Robin Leoffler, GBC of Ormond 

Beach (FL) 
Victoria Lord, Fort Wayne GBC 

Stephen Makofka, New Holland 

Cindy Martin, First Brethren Church, 

Johnstown (PA) 
Sharon Mason, Community GBC, 

Warsaw (IN) 
David McClellan, GBC of Kent (WA) 
Michael McDonnell, GBC of 

Ormond Beach (FL) 
Debra Miller, Homerville GBC (OH) 
Gregg Miller, Ireland Road GBC, 

South Bend (IN) 
Jeanette Newswanger, New Holland 

Peggy Owens, Leesburg GBC (IN) 

Michael Richards, GBC of St. 

Petersburg, Pinellas Park (FL) 
David Rosner, Uniontown GBC (PA) 
Janet Ryerson, Winona Lake GBC 

Anita Sellers, Wooster GBC (OH) 

Lorrie Shaver, Ft. Lauderdale GBC 

Carol Shuler, Community GBC, 

Warsaw (IN) 
Catherine Simms, York GBC (PA) 

Scott Simms, Wooster GBC (OH) 

Lori Spicer, GBC of Norton (OH) 

Frank Stuber, Maumee Valley GBC, 

Toledo (OH) 
Tina Takeuchi, Waimalu GBC, Aiea 

DaLonna Taylor, Flora GBC (IN) 

Donald Thompson, Winona Lake 

Shawn Tucker, Ashland GBC (OH) 

Cynthia Turner, Worthington GBC 

Janice Vandergrift, Fremont GBC 

Kenneth Walmsley, First GBC, 

Philadelphia (PA) 
Dana Welling, Goshen GBC (IN) 
Kelly Whitacre, Eagle River GBC 

Mitchell Willaman, Canton GBC 

Steven Wmey, Wooster GBC (OH) 


























Speech Com. 




Grace Seminary 


from Grace Brethren Churches 


Ronald Bowland, Peru Brethren Church (IN) 


Stephen Galegor, Winona Lake GBC (IN) 
Jeffery Guimont, Elkhart GBC (IN) 
David Sang, Winona Lake GBC (IN) 


Stephen Adriansen, Worthington GBC (OH) 
Keith Boyer, Lehigh Valley GBC, Bethlehem (PA) 
Lisa Goodman, Warsaw Community GBC (IN) 
Randall Haulk, Rittman First Brethren Church (OH) 
Norman Hostetler, Winona Lake GBC (IN) 
Stephen Smith, Trotwood GBC (OH) 


Peter Dixon, GBC of Greater Washington, Temple 

Hills (MD) 
Michael Hough, Lanham GBC (MD) 
John Seitzinger, East Side GBC, Blacklick (OH) 
Francis Wright, Ghent GBC, Roanoke (VA) 


Tim Boal, Uniontown GBC (PA) 

Stephen Bruni, Winona Lake GBC (IN) 

Maik Cooper, Winona Lake GBC (IN) 

Theodore Franchino, Fort Wayne GBC (IN) 

James Hocking, Winona Lake GBC (IN) 

Thomas Hocking, Bellflower Brethren Church (CA) 

Louis Huesmann, GBC of Columbus (OH) 

Scott Inboden, Norton First Brethren Church (OH) 

Daniel Jackson, Osceola GBC (IN) 

Ken Ritchie, Ashland GBC (OH) 


David Plaster, Warsaw Community GBC (IN) 
LoringPrest, Winona Lake GBC (IN) 


Trevor Craigen, Warsaw Community GBC (IN) 



(Continued from page 5) 

The Bible is constantly under attack. The one who is 
called to preach the Word of God must be convinced that 
God has spoken! Paul gives the reassuring affirmation that 
"all Scripture is inspired by God . . ." (2 Tim. 3:16). The 
preacher's task is to proclaim that revelation. 

2. What is the central theme of God's revelation? 

The thrust of the apostle's message found in his chal- 
lenge to "remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, de- 
scendant of David, according to my gospel" (2 Tim. 2:8). 
Proper occupation with these truths which involve the 
person of Christ, the purpose of His first coming, and the 
promise of the second coming, will be a constant deterrent 
to wrangling about words without purpose (2 Tim. 2:14), 
and engaging in ". . . worldly and empty chatter . . ." (2 
Tim. 2:16). 

It is apparent that the whole Word of God focuses upon 
this major theme. The preacher's task is to relate faithfully 
that theme as it is found in the entire Word of God. Paul 
counsels Timothy to "Be diligent to present yourself ap- 
proved unto God as a workman who does not need to be 
ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth" (2 Tim. 
2:15). The "workman" with which he would be most 
familiar would be the tentmaker. It is interesting to note 
that the word "handling accurately" literally means "to cut 
straight." Now what would cause a tentmaker to be most 
embarrassed? Probably it would be to have a piece of 
material fail to fit the pattern because he had not cut it 
straight. His plea is obvious. Be careful in the treatment of 
the Word so that all the pieces fit together according to 
God's plan. 

3. What will be the effect on the hearer? 

The first effect will be enlightenment which will lead the 
hearer to a knowledge of Christ as his Saviour. Paul reminds 
Timothy ". . . that from childhood you have known the 
sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that 
leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus" 
(2Tim. 3:15). 

Once a person has responded to the Gospel, the Word of 
God becomes the means by which he is equipped for a pro- 
ductive Christian life (2 Tim. 3:17). It is good for "teach- 
ing" (2 Tim. 3:16) because it is the infallible source of 
truth. "Reproof" (2 Tim. 3:16) probably refers to that 
which enables one to refute the false teacher but could also 
involve the ability to resist any suggestion which would lead 
to looseness of morals. "Correction" in the same verse 
refers to improvements or revisions of life necessary to put 
a person on the path of pleasing God. 'Training in right- 
eousness" (2 Tim. 3: 16) enables one to mature in his dedi- 
cation to Christ with a growing discernment of His will in 
every phase of life. 

Anyone who has observed a body of believers will recog- 
nize that these effects are desperately needed to revitalize 
the church. The pastor must dedicate himself to preaching 
the Word if he hopes to accomplish these results. 

4. How should one proclaim the Word? 

The command is to "preach the Word . . ." (2 Tim. 4:2). 
The usual word emphasis given to this phrase is "Preach the 
Word." However, there are reasons to believe that the in- 
tent was for the word stress to be "Preach the Word." This 
is indicated by the solemnity of the charge given in verse 
one, and the meaning of the word "preach" which is "to 
herald a message." Further evidence for this contention is 
emphasized by the words "be ready in season and out of 


season" (2 Tim. 4:2) which would seemingly refer to thei 
action of preaching. 

Most people would agree that there is a dire need fori 
preachers who herald the message with urgency. There are 
many sincere, dedicated ministers of the Gospel, but it is 
alarming to find that many of them sound like they don't j 
really believe the message they preach. In contrast to the 1 
ability of a great actor to make that which is unreal become i 
real, many preachers make what is real seem very unreal, ij 
One remedy is for the minister daily to ask the Lord to j 
make the message of God's revelation vitally important; ask i| 
Him for a sense of urgency stemming from the high privi- j 
lege and responsibility he has in proclaiming it; and ask Him J 
for enablement from the Holy Spirit to proclaim the mes- ^ 
sage with life-saving power. j 

Not only must this message be presented with urgency, /| 
but it needs to be proclaimed vividly. Paul didn't say this in I 
his letter to Timothy, but he practiced it. He constantly \ 
used enlightening illustrations which made the truth come i 
to life. 

Notice several of these vivid illustrations in chapter 2, 1 
some of which have already been mentioned. He used three i 
pictures to stress the idea of dedication to the task; the i 
soldier (3, 4), the athlete (5), and the farmer (6). He com- 1 
pared the diligence of one who handles the Word of God to ( 
a workman who does not want to be embarrassed with his i 
work (15). The word of wicked Hymenaeus and Philetus is i 
referred to as "gangrene" (17). The analogy is made be- 1 
tween the honored servant and the honored vessel in a large i 
house (20, 21). He concluded with a reference to the state i 
of the deceived as being "held captive" in "the snare of i 
the devil" (26). 

If a preacher would apply himself diligently to the task I 
of developing applicable illustrations, he would find a ! 
marked improvement in the attention of the listeners as 
well as their comprehension of the message. The Lord I 
apparently felt this was a necessity. He constantly spoke of 
the sower who went to sow, the prodigal son, the ones on ] 
whom the tower of Siloam fell, the wedding feast. He pre- j 
sented spiritual truth by employing illustrations from the j 
everyday activities of people. Preachers would do well to 
take some lessons in this regard from the Master Teacher! j 

So far we have talked about three standards that are of 
vital concern to the minister; namely, his manner of life, t 
his attitude toward people, and his presentation of the 
Word of God. The Lord we serve, the life-giving message we 
have to proclaim, and the eternal welfare of the souls for 
whom we are responsible demand that we not be satisfied 
with mediocrity. The ministry must be challenged to higher , 
standards. ' 

Again Paul's words to Timothy were, "Retain the stand- I 
ard of sound words which you have heard from me, in the [ 
faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. Guard through the '■ 
Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been ' 
entrusted to you" (2 Tim. 1:13-14). ■ I 

All Scripture references are taken from the NAS Bible. \ 

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JULY 1984 

Reflections By Still Waters 

111 Be Suing You — 
in the Old Familiar Places 

by Charles W. Turner 


No, I did not say I'll be 
seeing you, a very common 
expression today. Unfortu- 
nately, the word "suing" is 
becoming as common as the 
word "seeing." It just might 
be coming from a friend or 
some other familiar place. Yes, 
I am aware of the fact there is 
some very definite Bible 
teaching on the subject, and it 
should be heeded. 

There are more attorneys 
per capita in the United States 
than any other country in the 
world. It seems that on a 
given day most of them are in 
court— suing someone. There 
is a classic story of a man in 
California that appeared 
recently in the Wall Street 
Journal. He has sued his 
brother and his sister and his 
neighbors and the trash 
collector and the . . . shall I go 
on? He is slowing down his 
suits a bit since he started in 
the early 1930s. In fact, 
during the past two years he 
has only initiated 15 cases. In 
times past, he averaged about 
20 a year. 

How much has he collected? 
The estimates do vary. He 
says that it is somewhere be- 
tween $150,000 and a quarter 

of a million dollars. His 
"friends" say that the amount 
is much too conservative. Now 
78, Robert Agnew, has won 
75 percent of his cases and is 
smart enough never to hire a 
lawyer to do his work. He 
does it himself. 

The filing of lawsuits for 
just about everything shows 
some of the problems of our 
times. It shows above all 
things the inability of mankind 
to work out their problems 
one with another. This has 
reached some very frightening 
aspects. Certain areas of our 
lives and work have been 
threatened by these events. 
You have probably read of the 
widely discussed trial in Okla- 
homa where a woman has won 
a suit against a Church of 
Christ for $827,000 in actual 
and punitive damages. She 
admits having a sexual affair 
and when reprimanded pub- 
licly by the church she re- 
fused to make a public con- 
fession. She sued because her 
privacy had been invaded and 
intentionally caused her emo- 
tional distress. The case, 
though, is being appealed, but 
it has some rather frightening 
implications in a church seek- 
ing to discipline her own 

The ability or the lack of 

ability for mankind to get 
along is a rather long-standing 
case. The suit of Mr. Agnew 
against his brother really is not 
too strange. The first two 
brothers in history had an 
even greater consequence. Re- 
member the Cain and Abel 
account? There it was not a 
law suit; it was murder. So 
there remains nothing new in 
the universe, just a touch of 
veneer— society covering the 
really inward problems of 
mankind. There is a solution 
to our problems and it is 
obedience to the will of God 
and the power of God to 
transform lives in Jesus Christ. 
The cry of humanity in this 
generation is all about "rights." 
Yes, we do grant that there are 
rights of others. However, a 
touch of love and concern in 
the meeting of the rights of 
others and the willingness of 
the offended to reach out for 
understanding goes a long way 
in curing our misunderstand- 
ings. The absence of malicious- 
ness and no spirit of revenge is 
certainly the Christian way. 
When one seeks to inflict 
punishment on others and not 
to seek a solution to the dif- 
ferences, then we are pursuing 
pathways that are questionable 
and possibly outside of the 
will of God. ■ 



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Editor, Charles Turner 
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Artist, Mary Jane Fretz 
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Departmental Editors: 
Christian Education: 

Ed Lewis, Brad Skiles 
Foreign Missions: 

John Zielasko, Nora Macon 
Grace Brethren Boys: 

Mike Ostrander 
Grace Brethren Men: 
Harold Hollinger 
Grace Schools: 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr. 
Denny Brown 
Home Missions: 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer, Liz Cutler 
Women's Missionary Council: 
Nora Macon 

Cover Photo: by Camerique 


6 Cross-cultural Grandparent 

7 "You Don't Love Us" 

8 The President of the Union Returns Home 

12 "Miracle" Reaches Brazil 

13 Probate! 

14 Navajo Medicine Man 

18 Stepping into a Home Mission Ministry 

20 Gold Country Shines Again 

22 Friendship Evangelism. Does It Work? 

26 There's Always a First Time 

28 Twenty Meaningful Years 

btnh features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 
Feature Article 4 • BMH News Report 32 


Dear Editor, 

I received my copy of the April Brethren Missionary Herald last week, and 
was distressed to read the article by David R. Nicolas entitled, "What About 
Women as Leaders Over Men in the Church?" 

Surely the Brethren have advanced beyond this type of archaic thinking. In 
reference to Paul's teaching about women in the church, I believe Paul was 
speaking to the women of that period in time. Mr. Nicolas refers to the sins of 
Eve, this argument is always brought up when discussing women in the church. 
Why are women always made the scapegoat in this line of thinking? When Christ 
went to the cross, the sins of Eve were finished. 

Jesus was truly kind to women and demonstrated this In His life on earth. 
Why do so many Christian men refuse to accept that Christ went to the cross for 
all of .us? By refusing to accept this fact, they deny to half of creation, liberty 
and freedom. 

Men have been in charge of the church since the beginning, and what a mess 
they have made of things. Let Christian men, open their hearts and minds to 
what Christ did on the cross and they too will have liberty. — Canada 

"l^" 84 3s^S5S 


(Editor's Note: The issue of school prayer has varied opinions among Christians. 
Here is one of the views. Possibly you have one that differs. — C\NJ) 

The Prayer Ameitdiiieitt: 

A Misguided Christian Crusade 

by Dr. Donald P. Shoemaker, Senior Pastor 

Grace Brethren Church of Seal Beach, California 
Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, Biola University 

The prophet Elijah once challenged the false 
prophets of the land to a contest to see just whose 
"God" was the real thing. Both Elijah and these 
prophets would pray and sacrifice to their own "Su- 
preme Being," The God who answered with fire upon 
the sacrifice would be the true God. The biblical ac- 
count (2 Kings 1 8) tells us that the God of Israel was 
the one who answered. 

Passages in the Bible, like the story of Elijah, have 
had great influence upon the Jewish and Christian 
understandings of God and the prayers we offer to 
Him. There is a certain exclusivism in such prayers, a 
certain focus of our minds to a God who is, for us, 
someone specific, not just any god by just any defi- 
nition you please. Not just "to whom it may con- 

Protestants with a strong sense of biblical roots 
("Fundamentalists," if I may cautiously use the title) 
value deeply the experience of prayer. It is our point 
of contact with a God who is specifically our Creator 
and Saviour, and who is seen and known and ap- 
proached in the person of Jesus Christ. 

With this heritage in mind, I can only express frus- 
tration and bewilderment at the effort fundamental- 
ists have undertaken to cement into the constitution 
the right to offer prayer in the public schools (to 
"put God back in the classroom," some would say). 
Not in three decades of Christian experience have I 
seen more zeal, more determination and more sense 
of urgency than I have seen in recent months as the 
prayer issue has exploded onto the political scene. 

But has this crusade been in the best interests of 
either the fundamentalists or the nation as a whole? 
I am firmly convinced that it has not been. And I 
speak as one who has come full circle on this issue. 

I was a devout Christian attending a public high 
school when, in 1962, the Supreme Court banned 
governmentally composed or sanctioned prayer in 
public schools. I remember standing before my 
church and urging all true patriots to turn out for a 
local school board meeting which would debate the 
impact of this decision. The crowd at the board 
meeting was so massive that it had to be moved to the 

school gymnasium. Loud applause thundered across 
the gym as these populist board members said they 
would follow the will of the people and not what 
nine black-robed men told them to do. 

But I think my zeal was misguided, as was the zeal 
which was expended in behalf of a prayer amend- 
ment. There are five reasons why I say this. 

First, voluntary, vocal prayer in the classroom is 
theologically bankrupt. It must either be a prayer so 
bland and generalized as to offend no one, or a prayer 
which is so specifically sectarian as to offend all 

One great difference between religious traditions is 
over how God is to be defined and approached, and 
fundamentalists especially believe that it does matter 
how we pray and to whom we pray. Religious exer- 
cises are not the same as the academic examination of 
the Bible (which the court specifically allows), but 
are a display of reverence and respect before whatever 
deity is being addressed. And many different deities 
will be addressed! 

It should dawn on Christians supporting a consti- 
tutional amendment that this devotional exercise 
comes close to violating their own biblical conviction 
that they ought to worship the Lord their God, and 
serve Him exiusively. 

I don't think that our little children ought to be 
the ones having to discern with maturity the words of 
another pupil's prayer. Should a Jewish child sit 
piously as a prayer is offered in Jesus' name? Does a 
Grace Brethren child manifest reverence while a 
Mormom child confesses his belief in the preexistence 
of his soul? Should the Mormon child meditate on a 
prayer addressed to the Trinity? Should a Baptist 
youth bow reverently as a Christian Science prayer 
recites from "Science and Health," as a prayer is 
prayed to the Virgin Mary or as some values from 
eastern mysticism are extolled? 

Second, this amendment is spiritually unnecessary. 
True voluntary prayer from the heart and the per- 
sonal reading of Scripture have never been banned 
from the schools. As one congressman has said, "As 
long as there are math tests, children will pray in 
school." The most meaningful prayer is going to be 
the one spoken spontaneously from the heart, not the 
one having to compete with a host of contrary ex- 
pressions day after day. 


Third, the amendment is politically opportunistic. 
It has become the great bandwagon for politicians 
who do not really plan to consult the specifics of 
their faith anyway before making decisions and who 
absent themselves from prayers in their own legis- 
lative chambers. 

I am amazed with how quickly Christians gravitate 
toward politicians who link the push for prayer to a 
national romance with an undefined supreme being. 
Prayers to this nameless "god who made America 
great" seem more a return to a civil religion where 
deity supports the actions of the state than a return 
to true biblical piety. Christians surely must see that 
governmental references to deity are not what make 
up righteous activity. For example, godliness pertains 
to how we get and spend our money, not to what 
pious phrase is printed on it. 

Fourth, an official time for voluntary, vocal prayer 
is practically unworkable. How will those who wish 
not to participate be treated? Should they leave the 
room? Daydream? Do assignments? One congressman 
supporting the amendment even suggests that peer 
pressure to pray would not be all that bad. But how 
worthwhile is a prayer done under duress? 

Who will compose the prayer? The child? The 
parent? What will we do the second time around if a 
student's first prayer is offensive? Will the teacher 
take him aside and "help" him? And who will pray? 
Will there be a sign-up, or can anyone chip in as often 
as he wishes? Or will we take turns around the room? 
Will this, too, lead to peer pressure which is psycho- 
logically coercive? 

Finally, the prayer crusade is socially distracting. 
There are many other pressing issues more worthy of 
attention. A "moment of silence" (a proposal de- 
feated a week before the defeat of the amendment 
permitting organized, vocal prayer) is so neutral and 
innocent as to scarcely harm anyone and might have 

some practical value. But is it worth our precious 
time and energy (or trivializing the constitution)? 

Let's turn our attention, for example, to the "re- 
ligious freedom of speech" issue. In the last session of 
Congress several liberal and conservative senators 
(many of whom oppose a prayer amendment), intro- 
duced a bill permitting students to meet voluntarily 
on campus to discuss religious issues. It would have 
banned any discrimination against a meeting of stu- 
dents because of the religious content of the speech 
at those meetings. 

Many evangelicals, including myself, have been dis- 
tressed to find our own views dubbed inappropriate 
for a tax -supported forum simply because these views 
arise from religious conviction. At the same time, 
equally persuasive philosophical views (which we 
oppose) are granted that forum because they claim to 
be non-religious. Measures like the above would allow 
school officials to give religious ideas the same expres- 
sion other viewpoints enjoy. They deserve our sup- 

The answer to prayerlessness and godlessness is not 
an amendment. Those who wish to live by the 
Christian Scriptures would do better to follow the 
prayer admonitions they contain. Praying for those in 
authority so that we might enjoy peace and practice 
our own godliness is high on the list. 

There need be no return to a romantic notion of 
"God and Country" which was never really there. We 
would do better to strive to preserve the religious 
liberty of all, including ourselves. This liberty in- 
cludes the right to speak out in advocacy of our 
values. In doing so, our religious tradition can be a 
moral conscience for our government and not its 
handmaiden or tool. ■ 

Reprinted by permission from the Long Beacfi, Cali- 
fornia, Press-Telegram, IVIarcti 21 , 1984, editions. 

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Rose/la Cochran is a medi- 
cally retired missionary 
living in the Bethany Mis- 
sionary Residence in 
Winona Lake, where the 
Ndomales have lived dur- 
ing their stay in the States. 
This article first appeared 
in the Warsav\/ Christian 
School newspaper. The 
Eagle's EyeJ 

by Rosella Cochran 

The Ndomale family has made a 
positive and lasting impression on 
the Warsaw-Winona Lake communi- 

In 1980, they, like Abraham of 
many years ago, left their country 
and their people and came to a land 
unknown to them. They left two of 
their offspring in Central Africa, 
bringing the three youngest 
(Philomene, Dorcas, and Seth) to 
America with them. In the summer 
of 1982, the two oldest children 
came for a visit. At the end of the 
vacation, their son Abdias returned 
to Africa to continue his schooling. 
Esther remained in Winona Lake. 

Joseph is now completing his 
course of study at Grace Seminary. 
Daily he and the three girls leave 
for school. Georgine and four-year- 
old Seth remain at home. Georgine 
is a well-qualified and reliable baby- 
sitter, so Seth has playmates most 
of the time. Like the rest of the 
family, Seth has learned English 
well and uses it fluently. 

Esther completed sixth grade at 
Warsaw Christian School and is now 
at Lakeland Christian Academy. 
When asked the best thing that has 
happened to her, she replied with- 
out hesitation, "I'm here! I got to 
come to America to be with my 
family." She is especially grateful 
to the Christians here who have 
helped pay her travel and school ex- 

When the question was directed 
to Philomene, "What is the best 
thing that happened to you?" she 
exclaimed, "Abdias and Esther 

came!" Obviously, they are a 
closely knit family. Philomene won 
the hearts of the audience at 
Warsaw Christian School when she 
played the part of Sly Fox in the 
sixth grade musical, "Pinocchio." 
She is a good student and her pres- 
ence adds quality and charm. What 
does she enjoy doing most? "Acting 
and singing," she says. 

During her fouryears in America, 
Dorcas has grown from a typical 
six year old with front teeth miss- 
ing to a vibrant young lady of ten. 
Her most memorable experience: 
being baptized by Pastor Ashman at 
the Winona Lake Grace Brethren 
Church. She was born into God's 
family shortly before coming to 

At Warsaw Christian School on 
Grandparents' Day, when Dorcas 
was asked to read her story, she 
cleared her throat and started like 
several others, "I love my 
grandma." Then she continued, 
"My grandma went to Africa 
before she came here." I was proud 
when she introduced me to the 
class as her grandma. 

Dorcas loves me, her adopted 
grandma. I love her, too, and her 
entire family has become dear to 
me. I will miss them, as will many 
others, when they return to their 

Soon the Central African Repub- 
lic will welcome home a native son 
and his family, now strengthened 
and better prepared to serve their 
Saviour and Lord. They have been 
strengthened, and we have been en- 
riched by their presence in our 
midst. ■ 



Joseph Ndomale was graduated from Grace Seminary on May 18, 1984 

Rev. John Zielasko congratulates Joseph. 

"You Don't Love Us" 

by John W. Zielasko 

In 1972, Board member Dr. 
Bernie Schneider and I were on an 
administrative trip to Africa. Just 
before leaving the country we met 
with some of the Brethren pastors 
in Bangui. 

At one point in our fellowship 
together, one of the pastors said to 
us, "You don't love us." I asked 
him how he could possibly come to 
such a conclusion in view of all that 
the Brethren mission did in that 

"But you have never helped any 
of our men get a theological educa- 
tion in either Europe or America as 
other missions have done," he told 

That pastor was Joseph Ndomale. 
And as a result of that meeting, we 
worked out a mutual agreement 
with the African church in order to 
get a few of their leaders into grad- 
uate seminary education, so that 
they in turn could train their own 
leaders. Among the conditions 
agreed to with the church in the 
C.A.R. were the following: 

1) The person would be selected 
by the African church. 

2) It would be someone already 

in the ministry, tried and 
3) The church would contribute 

toward the financial cost. 
Pierre Yougouda was the first to 
be selected and ultimately to be 
graduated from Grace Theological 

Seminary. Joseph is now the second. 

Mr. Ndomale returns to his 
church as the elected chairman of 
the Church Union. Pray for him as 
he assumes this responsible position. 

We do love you, Joseph and 
Georgine. ■ 

Georgine and Joseph Ndomale 

=^=^=S=. FIVIS JU LY '84 7 i 

The President of th 

by Nora Macon 
with Joseph Ndomale 

Four years ago a national pastor from the 
Central African Republic arrived in the 
United States with part of his family. Know- 
ing very little English, he had a large task be- 
fore him. He had come to study at Grace 
Theological Seminary, so he could return and 
teach his own people. 

Having been graduated in May 1984, 
Joseph Ndomale returned to his homeland in 

Many things have happened during the 
Ndomales' four years in the States. The 
family learned to speak English. All of 
Joseph's classes were in English (which meant 
his papers were, too). He began to work for 
the maintenance department of Grace on the 
grounds crew. Since she is excellent with chil- 
dren, Georgine began to babysit. The Winona 
Lake Grace Brethren Church (WLGBC) was 

warmed by their smiles and friendliness. 

Because of financial and education 
reasons, the two oldest children remained 
Africa when the family left. The thn 
youngest children, Philomene, Dorcas, ar 
Seth, accompanied their parents. Two yea 
ago the two other children visited the 
parents during the summer. Daughter Esthi 
remained at the end of the summer, but sc 
Abdias returned to the C.A.R. to contin^ 
his education. 

The children attended Christian schools ' 
the Winona Lake/Warsaw area and were goc 
students. They speak excellent English. 

It was a good four years— not easy or i 
ways smooth, but a time of learning ar 
growing. The Ndomale family touched ar 
encouraged many folks' lives. 

I talked to Joseph after graduation 1 
hear some of his thoughts about his family 
stay. _ 




Union Returns Home 

^^M What was the hardest thing to ad- 
fjffk just to in the States? 

^^ ^^The hardest thing to adjust to 

1*'^^^ was the language, particularly the 

pronounciation. That difficulty 

tncerned my wife and I as adults, not the 


A What changes have taken place in 
your life while you were here? 
There are many changes that 
have taken place in my life. I 
I have survived the bitter cold of 

'vo rough winters! To hear my family speak 
) me in English. To see my wife and children 
36 the phone; even though I had a phone in 
ly office in Africa, none of them had used it 

'^ What are your impressions of the 

,J United States and do they differ 

*^ any from your first impressions? 

A My impressions are positive, es- 
pecially because of the family of 
God, because of the mission's 
I'ork through which we have been saved, and 
iiSo for the kindness of the Grace Brethren 
jtiurches in their generosity in supporting my 
jhildren in their schooling. My current im- 
ression does not differ from the first but it 
; deeper than ever. 

a How do you view Grace Brethren 

churches in the States? How are 
they different from your churches 

A Grace Brethren churches in the 
States are materially rich and 
able to do much financially, 
ome are doing exactly that in providing for 
lany needs— mission goals, building programs, 
linistries, and so forth. But spiritually, we 
ave the same Saviour as the authority over us 
loth in the States and the C.A.R. We feel at 

home here and in WLGBC. 

QHow has your training at Grace 
Seminary helped you? How will it 
help you when you return to 
your ministry? 

A My training at Grace Seminary is 
very helpful as an eye-opener on 
many things I did not know. It is 
also setting me on the track of how to do the 
studies and research by myself. I will use what 
is convenient with the situation I will find 
myself in back in my country. 


What are some of the biggest 
differences between the United 
States and the C. A. R.? 

A People are the same, food is the 
same. The culture is different. 
The way food is prepared is dif- 
ferent. But a potato is the same anywhere! 
People are the same everywhere. They have 
the same needs. Another difference is school- 
ing. We have a different system of schooling 
in C.A.R. It is based on the French system. 

QWhat will you miss the most 
about the United States? Would 
you like to return to the States 
again someday? 

We will miss many of our friends. 
I will miss my professors from 
Grace. I will miss my brothers and 
sisters in WLGBC and some of my ground 
workers, like Ernie Ringler. I sure would like 
to come back someday to visit— everyone of 
my family would like to come again. 




What do you miss the most 
about the C.A.R.? 

I miss my mother and my son. I 
have not seen my mother for 
four years and my son for two. 

(Continued on page 10) 

= FIVIS JULY '84 9s 

(Continued from page 9) 

The Ndomale family: (seated I. to r.) Esther, Georgine, Joseph, Seth; (standing) Dorcas and Philomene. 



What is the first thing you would 
like to do upon arriving home? 

See everyone of those I miss— my 
mother, my son, and my church 


What are you looking forward to 
the most? 


Starting to work 
many churches. 

and visiting 

Qls your family eager to return? 
A Yes, except we have mixed emo- 
/-\ tions. My youngest son is very 
excited about going to Africa. He 
talks about it all the time. He was only six 

months old when we left, but we've been 
showing him pictures and talking to him 
about Africa. 



Will the children attend school in 

Yes, they will. My oldest son has 
two years of school to go at 
Yaloke, so he will stay there. 

QHave they forgotten French, 
Sango, or Kabba? 

Yes, they forgot French and 
Sango. They try their best in 
Kabba— I impose Kabba. We 
speak it at home. 





QWhat will you be doing when 
you go back to the C.A.R.? 

I will be pastoring my home 
church (Castor in Bangui). I will 
supervise the Fellowship of 
Churches. I will travel and be chairman of the 
executive committee of our churches. We 
have a moderator for our churches who is 
elected for one year. He works with the 
national conference. Besides the moderator, 
we have the President of the Union, elected 

A The main concern is the big de- 
crease in the number of mission- 
aries. There are many empty 
stations. That means a lack of teachers in our 
schools. We need people to teach us. Also 
pray for needs in our schools, financial and 
building needs. But especially pray for people 
who will come and help us. 


Is there anything else you would 
like to say? 

Rosella Cochran, adopted grandmother, spends time with the Ndomale children. 

for four years. (Joseph is the President.) He 
works with the executive members, represen- 
tatives of each region, and they meet and de- 
cide things for the churches. 


What would you like us to pray 
about your return and your 

A Well, hmmm. The biggest thing is 
I really want to say thank you to 
each and everyone who has 
helped in our stay and schooling. If I could 
name them all, I would. I really give thanks to 
the Lord for everyone who has helped us and 
encouraged us, for everything that has been 
done for us, and for those who prayed for us. 


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"Miracle" Reaches Brazil 

by Ivanildo Trindade 

Inasmuch as the Brazilian people would 
like to see a miracle happen in the country's 
toughest economic ordeal ever, a miracle of 
another kind will reach them very soon. That 
is Dr. John C. Whitcomb's booklet. Does God 
Want Christians to Perform l\/liracles Today? 
The Brazilian edition recently came off the 
press and has been shipped to that country. 

The impact of the book might be compared 
to publishing a book dealing with Mormonism 
from a biblical perspective and distributing it, 
say, in Utah. In other words, the book will 
certainly strike at the very heart of the system 
of the fastest growing evangelical group in 
Brazil— the charismatics. 

Though this was obviously not the author's 
intent, it is true that the book will stir up a 
lot of controversy. But, by God's grace, it will 
also illuminate many who are being led astray 

by the charisma of their religious leaders. 

Dr. Whitcomb traveled to Brazil in June, 
lecturing at churches and universities in Belem 
and Brasilia. Taking advantage of the oppor- 
tunity, he officially presented the book to the 
evangelical community of Brazil. 

In a country where sound evangelical litera- 
ture is close to nonexistent, the publication of 
this book is a very special blessing. On behalf 
of my people, I would like to thank all of 
those who were directly or indirectly involved 
in the production of the "miracle" and ask all 
of you to pray for a positive impact both of 
the book and of Dr. Whitcomb's visit on the 
Christians in Brazil. ■ 

(GBFIVI Editor's note: Ivanildo Trindade and 
his wife, Naza, live in Winona Lake, Indiana, 
while Ivanildo is attending Grace Theological 


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Prentovich, Dave Beeson, Don Cake, Gurney Smith, Greg Hoffert, Charlotte Austin, Tom Miller, Scott Kantenwein, 
Charles Koontz, and John Leonard. 



*It is appointed for men once to die, and after this 
the judgment" — and 


by Russel H. Dunlap 

Stewardship Director 

To learn more about probate, estates, and such, I 
recently visited two county courthouses here in Indi- 
ana. Probate records are public records and available 
for the asking, though both offices were rather reluc- 
tant and possibly suspicious of the motives for 
wanting to review some specific cases. 

In one case, a man died leaving a will for his assets 
to be divided equally among four children. He had no 
real estate or personal property that was reported. 
The only assets recorded were a checking account, 
and a small amount of cash totaling about $5,500.00 
(funeral expenses must have been prepaid). The ex- 
penses in handling the probating of the will amounted 
to about $325 for attorney fees and $75 for court 
fees. For the amount of work required, the fees ap- 
peared to be reasonable. After other expenses, about 
$5,000 was distributed equally to the four children 
about one year after the man's death. 

The word probate comes from the Latin probatio 
which means "proof." We use the term probate to 
mean the process by which a document (will) is estab- 
lished or proven by a probate court as the duly 
executed last will of a person. This process is needful 
and necessary in carrying out the final affairs of a 
person. As state laws differ a great deal, one should 
consult an attorney to have a will properly prepared. 
For example, there have been cases where the wit- 
nesses have not signed with everyone present (as re- 
quired by some state laws) which caused the will to 
be declared invalid. In such a case, the final wishes of 
the person may not be carried out as intended. 

The probate cost is usually determined by the size 
or amount of property being disposed of by the de- 
ceased's will. This cost, and various fees involved, 
covers the administration and supervision of the 
assets or other arrangements as stipulated in the will. 
For this reason, it is good stewardship to have as 
much of the property as possible pass outside the 
will. For example, in the case referred to above, the 
man could have had his banker arrange the amounts 

to be paid out directly to the four children. Had this 
been properly arranged, both time and expense would 
have been saved. 

Arrangements for dispersing property outside the 
will are referred to as 'will substitutes,' legal methods 
of owning property that are used primarily to avoid 
the expense and time delays of probate. Some of 
these are life insurance contracts, trust arrangements 
for money and/or property, and property owned 
jointly by two or more people with rights of survivor- 

Financial hardships can be encountered because of 
the probate process. Here again your attorney should 
be able to help you arrange your affairs to avoid as 
much of this as possible. Also to soften this hardship, 
many states have laws that provide a family allowance 
from the estate to meet support needs, until the 
estate is settled. 

Probate of a will may be opposed or contested on 
many grounds. Some points of contest may be: 
validity of the will because of improper execution, 
fraud, mistake, lack of competence, a revoked will, or 
lack of intent. The probate of a will would usually be 
contested by persons having a valid and legal interest 
in the deceased's estate. 

In examining a number of estates that had been 
probated, none of the wills provided any considera- 
tion for God's work. It seems since everything we 
have comes from God and His blessings on us, we 
surely should honor Him and His work with a portion 
of our estate at our deaths. We should ask ourselves, 
what will our heirs do with that which we have ac- 
cumulated during our lives? Will they honor God with 
the assets? What an opportunity to include a verbal 
testimony in your will concerning your faith in Jesus 
Christ, and also honor God by leaving a bequest to 
your local church, home and foreign missions as God 
directs! If you haven't provided for these in your will 
or through an annuity or trust fund, pray that God 
might direct you to do this soon. 

If you have questions or need assistance, please 
contact me at Grace Brethren Missions Stewardship 
office, P. O. Box 587, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. ■ 



This article originally appeared in the February 1984 Young Ambassador. 


Navajo Medicine Man 

Angle Garber 

by Angie Garber 

"Don't you know that is a missionary?" the old 
medicine man asked his wife as he entered the door 
of his cabin, returning from herding his large flock of 
sheep. I had just finished reading a portion of the 
Word of God to her. 

For a long time I had been afraid to visit Mariano's 
home. Now he stood before me, his turquoise earrings 
and heavy beads a contrast to his white hair tied in 
the traditional knot at the back of his neck. 

When I started to speak in his own language he 
broke out in merry laughter. "Nisha', nisha'," he re- 
peated. "Nisha', nisha'." 

"What did he say," and "How about you," are so 
alike in the beautiful tonal language of the Navajo 


who call themselves Dine— "the people." I had mis- 
takenly used the high tone which changed the mean- 
ing of the word and he knew it. 

In a few weeks I returned. This time he listened as 
I read the words of Acts 17:24-31: "God that made 
the world . . . hath made of one blood all nations of 
men . . . now commandeth all men every where to 
repent: because he hath appointed a day in the which 
he will judge the world." Had he never heard? 
"IVlmmmm, IVImmmm," he exclaimed as I read. He 
could understand. 

As I left I gave him some used clothing, which 
sealed our friendship. Many times after that I would 
go to his home to read the message of hope. He 
would sit crosslegged on the floor of his hogan, inter- 
spersing the reading with his, "Mmmmm, Mmmmm." 
Perhaps he meant, 'That is good." 

One day after our service I asked him if I could 
buy one of his sheep. He went out to the flock graz- 
ing near the hogan and selected a nice young lamb to 
put in our van. When I paid him eight dollars he told 
my Navajo companion with a smile, 'Tell her next 
time it will be more." 

Mariano was well known as a five-night singer. 
Often he was called to sing over a sick neighbor or a 
worried friend. 

He carried four rattles made of deer hooves which 
a helper would shake during the all-night ceremony. 
Sometimes his little grandson, John, would accom- 
pany him and was permitted to shake the rattles. 
He hoped to make this child a medicine man when he 
grew to manhood. 

Being a healer was a profitable occupation. 
Mariano had a herd of five hundred sheep which he 
guided over the hills surrounding his home. Often he 
carried a gun slung over his shoulder. Many coyotes 
roamed the sagebrush watching for a dinner of spring 
lamb, and he was prepared to defend his flock against 
the enemy. 

Spring was lambing time with round-the-clock 
vigils. After that came shearing, when ten families 
would help him. After a week of hot, hard work, 
large bags of wool were ready to take to the trading 
post. Some wool was stored in the hogan for the 
women to card, spin, and weave into colorful Navajo 
rugs. Mariano was cheery and generous, killing six or 
more sheep for meat for his shearers and their 
families. He carried his money in small tobacco bags 
and paid his helpers cash for their work. 

In the fall there was plenty of food. Mariano har- 
vested the variegated Indian corn which was roasted 
in the husks in an outside oven made of stones and 
earth, then brought into the hogan to be eaten as 
roasting ears. What was left in the field was later 

gathered and dried in the hogan or on top of it. Later 
it was shelled, ground, and used for bread or blue corn 
mush. Squash and pinto beans were also brought in 
from the gardens to provide food for the family. 

Another joy of the fall season was gathering pinon 
nuts. The warm, dry days caused the pinon pine 
cones to burst open, and a strong wind would send 
them to the ground in brown showers. Whole families 
would go to pick the treasured nuts. If it was a good 
year, there would be enough to sell at the trading 

Some years food was not plentiful. Once I asked 
an old friend, Mariano's cousin, what she ate when 
she was little. She laughed and said, "We just didn't 
have anything to eat! Not anything!" Those must 
have been very hard times for Navajos. Boys herding 
sheep all day would put a piece of frybread in their 
pockets for a snack during the long hours. If they 
were fortunate they might kill a prairie dog or jack- 
rabbit to roast over the fire. 

Deer hunting was another way to provide food for 
the family. Venison was eaten fresh or dried in the 
arid New Mexico air. Roasted in the fire, it was a de- 
licious treat to enjoy around the fire in the evenings- 
listening to the rustling of the dried leaves in the 
brush shelter, caused by the autumn breeze. The 
family sitting around the campfire, with the flickering 
light playing on their brown features, painted a pic- 
ture of rest and serenity. 

Mariano had many heartaches. Not all of his cere- 
monies brought healing. He saw those around him 
leave for the "place of the spirits." Tuberculosis was a 
dreaded disease which robbed many homes of 
mother, child, or father. He saw his own grand- 
children die, and then his daughter. Her husband dug 
a grave, wrapped her body in a rough cloth, and 
covered it with earth, while the now motherless boys 

Eventually his time came to join them. His old 
body was wearing out, and he needed an operation. 1 
usually went to his place to read the Bible to him, but 
this time I was to take him to the hospital. When I 
stopped at the hogan his two old friends, also medi- 
cine men, helped him to the seat beside me. Their 
chants through the night had not helped. It was sad 
to see him put in a wheelchair and taken into the 
hospital— the last time I would see him alive. He was 
too old to survive the operation. 

"I don't like to see my old friends go into the hos- 
pital," I told the doctor. 

"But it's nice to see them come out well," he an- 

"But so many of the old ones don't come out." 

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(Continued from page 15) 

Norria Trujillo 

"That's true," he soberly agreed. 

We held a short service at the mission station when 
his body was returned. After the wooden box was 
lowered in the ground his few belongings were 
thrown on top before it was covered with "Mother 
Earth," his native soil. The custom in the old days 
was to kill a man's horse or burn his pickup truck 
after he died, but it isn't done as often now. 

But what of Mariano's little grandson, John, who 
shook the rattles? His father, Lee, took a job at the 
Grace Brethren Navajo Mission, learned to read his 
own language, become a Christian, and eventually be- 
came a pastor there. He had been a medicine man 
too, but left the old way to become a teacher of the 
Word of God. Many Sunday mornings he would go 
out to pick up his relatives and bring them to church 
at the mission. 

Lee's brother Jose told him not to bring "that 
Book" around, but through love and patience Jose' 
came to know the Lord. When the little church was 
built at the edge of the mesa near his home, he found 
joy in caring for it. I visited him in the hospital just 
before his death and, with the help of a Navajo nurse 
who attends that church, read from the Navajo Bible, 
"In my Father's house are many mansions" (John 
14:2). His sweet smile, which we all treasured so 
much, was his last gift to me. 

John eventually went to Utah to finish school, and 
there he met and married Nora, a Navajo girl from 
Arizona. Norria, their first child, was born there. 
Later John and Nora entered Bible school in Cortez, 
Colorado. When they finished school they came back 
to John's home area, near Grace Brethren Navajo Mis- 
sion and School. Here he followed in his father's foot- 
steps, preaching to his relatives and neighbors. 

John and Nora now live at Tonalea, Arizona, near 
Nora's home, where John is pastor of the Red Lake 
Community Grace Brethren Church. John and Nora 
have six children. 

Every summer John packs his family and Nora's 
mother into his pickup truck and comes back to at- 
tend camp meeting in his home area. There under the 
brush arbor he tells his people of the Good Shepherd 
who gave His life for His sheep and has the only cure 
for the sin and sorrow which is all around them. 
From the mesa rim he can look out over the wide 
valley where his grandfather's sheep used to graze, 
but the songs that ring out are far more power filled 
than the chants he once knew. "What can wash away 
my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus." There is 
eternal life in those words. 

Recently John returned to have the service for his 
grandmother who died at the age of 107. He had al- 

ways visited her when he returned for camp meetings. 
She was blind and deaf but always seemed to know 
him. As he stood giving out the message which can 
give victory over death, I recalled again the old man . 
who heard that wonderful story so late in life and 
uttered his forceful "Mmmmm" as I read from the 
Navajo New Testament. 

As the Gospel is handed from generation to gener- 
ation, it is much more than an Indian legend. It is 
changing and molding lives. John's daughter, Norria, 
now attends Grace College. All her life she has 
dreamed of becoming a doctor. She likes to help 
people and is amazed at the way God fashioned our 
bodies. Most of all Norria desires to be in the will of 
God. If He wants her as a doctor she would like that, 
but if He has other plans for her she wants His will to 
be done. Sometimes school is hard, and it is difficult 
to be so far from her family, but she has learned to 
adjust to college life and has made many friends. 

Years have passed since I first went to visit that 
old medicine man's house. Now I love his children. 
Many Navajos still don't know Christ, but it's exciting 
to see many others living for Him. John is pointing 
his people to the Great Physician, and Norria may be 
the one who carries on the family medical practice- 
bringing healing not through traditional chants and 
rituals, but through medical knowledge and a rela- 
tionship with the true and living God! ■ 

(GBHMC Editor's note: Angle Garber came to the 
Grace Bretfiren Navajo Mission in September 1951 as 
tlie first scfioolteacfier. Today, sfie is "retired," but 
sfie continues tier ministry of visitation in the Navajo 




Nc'ws Update 


Volunteer construction crews have begun to arrive 
at the Grace Brethren Navajo Mission and Boarding 
School in Counselor, New Mexico, and work is well 
underway on the proposed multipurpose facility. 
Workers will be arriving throughout the summer to 
lend a hand with construction. Thomas R. McDonald 
of Cartwright, Oklahoma, is the construction superin- 

As of mid-April, more than $1 14,000 in cash gifts 
have been received for the new building. A $50,000 
deferred gift annuity has also been designated for the 
project. Total estimated cost of the building is 

Funds are still needed, according to Dr. Lester E. 
Pifer, executive secretary for the Grace Brethren 
Home Missions Council, which oversees the operation 
of the Mission. Gifts toward the building may be 
given through your local Grace Brethren church or 
directly through the Council, Box 587, Winona Lake, 
Indiana 46590. Please designate your gift for the 
Navajo Capital Campaign. 

If you desire to volunteer your skills on the con- 
struction crew, contact Ralph Hall at 219/267-5161. 


The 1984 Grace Brethren Home Missions Pastors' 
Workshop will be held August 3 and 4, just prior to 
the National Conference of the Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches. Community Grace Brethren 
Church, Warsaw, Indiana, will host the two-day event. 

Various speakers will address the theme of "Har- 
vesting Through an Effective Ministry." Special ses- 
sions are also planned for the ladies who attend. 

Information regarding the workshop has been 
mailed to each pastor in the Fellowship. For addition- 
al information, contact the Grace Brethren Home 
Missions Council, Box 587, Winona Lake, Indiana 

Thursday, August 9, is Home Missions Day during 
national conference. A special luncheon/corporation 
meeting is planned for 12:30 p.m. at the Grace Col- 
lege Dining Commons. Reservations are required for 
the $6.75 per plate meal, and may be made by 
writing Grdce Brethren Home Missions, or stopping at 
the conference hospitality booth prior to August 9. 
Those not desiring to attend the luncheon are invited 
to the Grace Brethren Home Missions/Grace Brethren 
Investment Foundation corporation meeting, which is 
scheduled to begin at approximately 1:30 p.m. There 
is no charge to attend the corporation meeting. ■ 



A morning worship at the Community 
Grace Brethren Church-Suntree 


into a St Petersburg 

Home Mission 

by William F. Tweeddale 

Pastor, Community Grace 

Brethren Church-Suntree 

Melbourne, Florida 

On Easter Sunday 1983, 
our people crowded into the 
Penn Valley Grace Brethren 
Church in Telford, Pennsyl- 
vania, where I was pastor. We 
were approaching a record 
Sunday morning sen/ice of al- 
most 500. A year later, I stood 
before a group of less than 50 
people in a rented auditorium 
in Melbourne, Florida. To say 
the least, the intervening year 
had been one of change for 
my family and me. 

God equips His servant for 
the special work He desires to 
accomplish through him, and, 
in this way, my wife, Carol, 
and I were called to another 
corner of His vineyard, to the 
metropolitan area of Mel- 
bourne on the east coast of 

I was fortunate, as I left my 
ministry of five years at Penn 
Valley, that the congregation 

also felt with me my call back 
into home missions. It has 
been my life-long passion to 
be involved in church planting. 
As I have sought to be faithful 
to that commitment, it has 
also cost in the uprooting of 
my family to follow the call of 
the Lord, in forsaking a com- 
fortable study and well or- 
ganized church to help start a 
new one. But the joys I ex- 
perience in meeting with a 
group of committed believers 
who desire to share their Lord 
through the establishment of a 
new Grace Brethren church far 
outweighs the conveniences 
we have forfeited to serve the 
Lord Jesus Christ. 

When you contrast the 
work of home missions with 
that of a pastor in another 
ministry, there is a difference. 
The home missionary does not 
have the demanding execu- 

Pastor William Tweeddale 

tive burdens of an establish( 
church. Instead, his life 
wrapped up in growth and c 
velopment. At times, t 
established pastor cries out 
the Lord for more time for tl 
simpler pastoral ministr 
while the home missiona 
cries out for just a few mo 
people with whom to mal 

Like a beaver, the chur 
planter is in the process 
weaving a dam to keep t 
precious water in a use1 
reservoir to feed the ecos^ 
tem. We see multitudes 
people going over the rod 
and losing not only their sou 
but their self-worth to a wor 
totally indifferent to God. V 
must build a wall to preser 



')se who would otherwise be 

The work takes care and at 
les is so fragile, but one day 
J church here in the Suntree 
la of Melbourne will be 
ong, and will be a mighty 
trument in the Lord's hand 
;d for preserving precious 
3S. Although we have had 
endances of over 80, the 
li work is being done in de- 
oping and challenging a 
dership to help build that 
:aining wall. 

When I first met with the 
urch at Melbourne, there 
:re representatives of two 
nilies who were duly bap- 
jed members of the church, 
ine family was to leave 
host as soon as we arrived.) 
om that meeting, God has 
|en developing His church, 
th a great deal of behind- 
3-scenes work having been 
:omplished through Earl 
3ore, the former pastor. 
Soon after we arrived, we 
d a planning session with 
e church leadership. We 
mmered out a purpose 
itement and a plan of action 
th some definite steps to be 
complished. The next thing 
IS to see God work in send- 
) us some more committed 

With four men, meeting on 
enn Ernsberger's sailboat, 
i began a discipleship minis- 
/. After meeting with these 
jn weekly for six months. 

they were challenged to 
leadership and will be starting 
their own discipleship groups 
soon. They will also be placed 
before the body as our elder- 

The ladies, under the leader- 
ship of my wife, are also meet- 
ing once a week. They, too, 
are having their vision 
stretched. Our whole church is 
looking forward to seeing God 
perform exponential growth 
through discipleship. 

New families are being 
added to our church almost 
monthly. We have a piece of 
property in sight, and the next 
steps will be focused on our 
initial building program. 

The Suntree development, 
in which we are located, is a 
magnificent country club com- 
munity boasting of one of the 
finest golf courses in Florida. 
However, there is a balance be- 
tween tourism and industry 
here. Melbourne is in the high 
tech area of the state, and lies 
in the shadows of Cape Ken- 
nedy and its NASA program. 
Unemployment is almost non- 
existent in the surrounding 

However, this is a needy 
area. There are four churches 
in Suntree, a new community 
with a population which is 
rapidly approaching 10,000. 
We are the only Bible-preaching 
church in the area. 

The community is so new 
that there is not even a church 

building within the develop- 
ment. We have the opportunity 
to have that first church, but 
the cost of property is almost 
astronomical. Parcels along the 
main road to Suntree sell for 
$70,000 an acre. It will take a 
great commitment of time and 
talent to build a church here, 
but He who owns the cattle on 
the thousand hills is doing it 
and the gates of hell will not 
prevail against it. 

We are moving into a new 
era of our church. This year 
we hope to see a "sold" con- 
gregation behind a solid core 
of leadership anticipating great 
things from God. 

Thank you for your con- 
tinued prayers and for your 
desire as a Fellowship to build 
a Bible-teaching Grace Breth- 
ren church in the greater Mel- 
bourne area. ■ 

(GBHMC Editor's note: Pastor 
William Tweeddale has been pastor 
of the Community Grace Brethren 
Church-Suntree since the fall of 
1983. He has also ministered at the 
Penn Valley Grace Brethren Church, 
Telford, Pennsylvania; and home 
mission works at Lancaster, Pennsyl- 
vania; and St. Petersburg, Florida, 
which are now self-supporting 
churches. From 1980 to 1983, he 
served on the board of directors of 
The Grace Brethren Home Missions 
Council, Inc. He is a graduate of 
Barrington College, Rhode Island; 
and Grace Theological Seminary. 
He and his wife, Carol, have four 



Gold Country 
Shines Again 

by Chuck Manning, Elder 

Gold Rush Community 

Grace Brethren Church, 

Auburn, California 

Auburn, California, in the heart 
of the Gold country, the center 
link in the golden chain of the 49er 
mining camps, shines again— not 
with gold, but with precious souls 
won to Christ through the ministry 
of the Gold Rush Community 
Grace Brethren Church. 

In 1977, three families who 
moved from Sacramento to this his- 
toric Sierra Nevada foothills town 
were without a Grace Brethren 
church. Richard Cron, then pastor 
of the Sacramento Grace Brethren 
Church, caught the vision and or- 
ganized a Bible study in Auburn. A 
few months later, a fledgling church 
began Sunday school and church 

services in a local funeral home. 

At this time. Dr. Lester E. Pifer, 
executive secretary of the Grace 
Brethren Home Missions Council 
and Dr. Robert Thompson, western 
field secretary, encouraged the 
work and recommended Grace 
Theological Seminary graduate 
Duane Jones as the first pastor. 
Duane, his wife, Kathy, and their 
two children, followed God's lead- 
ing and moved to Auburn. 

In 1979, the new church was 
added to a growing list of national 
home mission points, and it con- 
tinued to thrive. Then, in 1980, 
God was faithful in providing a 
unique place of worship— the chapel 
building of a former Army hospital, 
built in 1944 and now owned by 
Placer County. 

Although other church groups 
wanted the use of the chapel. 

county officials accepted the offer 
of the Gold Rush Community 
Grace Brethren Church, and 
granted a low cost, but escalating, 
25-year lease. 

Three years passed and many 
were won to Christ. The result was 
a spiritual nursery school with 
many babes in Christ receiving 
nourishment and encouragement. 
Still, being self-supporting seemed 
to be an elusive target. 

With the help of Grace Brethren 
Home Missions and the Grace Breth- 
ren Investment Foundation, six 
choice acres of land nearby were 
purchased. But the chapel rent had 
escalated from $250 a month to 
$1,000 a month and the land mort- 
gage added another $800. The high 
overhead soon became very diffi- 
cult for the small congregation. 
With that financial burden in mind, 
and with the long-term availability 
of the present facilities, approval 
for the sale of the property was 

In May 1983, Pastor Jones was 
called into the Grace Brethren 
Chaplaincy, serving with the U. S. 
Army. He and his family were com- 
missioned as the church's first mis- 
sionaries in July. 

At about the same time, Paul 
Hoffman, singles pastor at the Long 
Beach, California, Grace Brethren 
Church, was seeking God's will, de- 
siring to pastor his own church. By 
midsummer, he had accepted the 
call to lead the Auburn congrega- 
tion. When he arrived with his wife, 
Lyn, and their two girls, Kathryn— 
9, and Ellen— seven, two other 
families from the Long Beach 



The congregation of the Gold Rush Community Grace Brethren Church following a Sunday 
morning worship in April 1984 

Pastor Paul Hoffman, his wife, Lyn, and 
daughters, Kathryn, and Ellen 

Duane and Kathy Jones were com- 
missioned as the first missionaries from 
the Auburn church as he entered the 
U.S. Army chaplaincy. From left are: 
Major Gary Coad, Pastor Paul Hoffman, 
Pastor Roy Halberg of the River City 
Community Grace Brethren Church in 
Sacramento, Pastor Darrell Anderson 
of the Sierra View Grace Brethren 
Church in Placerville (CA), and Charles 
Manning, Gold Rush Community 
Grace Brethren Church elder. 

ening legal action from the district 
attorney if the Bible study should 

The church and others began to 
pray. They soon learned that city 
ordinance did not prevent a home 
Bible study from taking place; and 
it was merely a policy of the 
county planning commission to 
"discourage" group meetings. 

The group was allowed to meet. 
As a result of the petition, the Lord 
has opened many doors in the com- 
munity, and the pastor has had 
many opportunities to share the 
Gospel in his neighborhood. 

Over the past months, church at- 
tendance has doubled, and the men, 
under the direction of Tim Burch 
and David Glenwinkel, have begun 
renovating the chapel to make 
room for the new folks. More than 
30 decisions have been made for 
Christ, and, best of all, these folks 
have been baptized and have joined 
the church. A Singles Bible Study 
has also begun, with decisions for 
Christ being made the first night it 

church, the Hamiltons and the 
Burches, accompanied them. Paul 
had compiled a 100-page evaluation 
and five-year plan for the young 
church and prayed that the Lord 
would send some families with him 
to help in the work and supply 
other specific needs. The two lay- 
men and their families were the an- 
swer to that prayer. Even so, Paul 
relied on Christ's promise in Mat- 
thew 16:18, "I will build my 

Part of the work was to begin 
with a Bible study in the Hoffman's 
home, an "upper room," where 
"seed families" would gather to 
pray and learn from God's Word 
how Jesus builds His church. But 
the week before the group was to 
meet, Hoffman's neighbor pre- 
sented him with a petition contain- 
ing 70 signatures from others in the 
neighborhood. It asked the city 
police department and county 
officials to prevent the Bible study 
from taking place in the Hoffman 
home. Pastor Paul later received a 
letter from county officials threat- 

So many people from all over 
the Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches have helped this growing 
church at Auburn with financial 
support and prayer. Pastor 
Hoffman calls these people his 
"partners in the Gospel." With their 
help, souls are being won, leaders 
are being trained, and saints are be- 
ing discipled in this northern Cali- 
fornia community. 

There are many needs and diffi- 
cult decisions ahead about the land 
and other financial matters. It is the 
goal of the church in Auburn not 
just to be se/f-supporting, but 
others supporting as well. Pray that 
it would be a missionary church. 
Pray, most of all, that their love 
would grow for the people in the 
community, knowing that if they 
love them their labor will be a suc- 
cess; for love never fails. ■ 



hoping to help in Christian e 

Pastor Roy Halberg, President 
Ed Lewis, Director of Youth lUinistries 
Brad Skiles, Director of Administration 
Kevin IHuggins, Timotfiy Teams Coordinator 
Sue Rika, Si\/IM Coordinator 

Friendship Evangelism 

Does It Work? 

An Interview with Larry Moody 

Rev. Larry Moody is 
the Director of National 
Services for Searcli Min- 
istries, Inc., a ministry 
devoted to teaching 
people how to share 
Jesus Christ through 
natural bridges of 
friendship. A graduate 
of Dallas Theological 
Seminary, he has been 
involved in a ministry 
of lifestyle evangelism 
and discipleship for 
over ten years. This 
summer, he vjill lead a 
friendship evangelism 
seminar at GBC Chris- 
tian Education's Nation- 
al CE Convention, 
August 5-7. 


Yes. People are finding it to be the most natural way to 
present Jesus Christ in the relationships which they have. 
Our goal at Search is to teach people that evangelism is a 
process and not a program. It's not a point in time activity, 
but a long-range, — building-your-life-into-someone-else 
commitment that includes sharing the claims of Christ. 
And that can happen in ten minutes or ten years. 


It's important to remember that evangelism takes place 
with the leading of the Holy Spirit, We can't put God in a 
box with time. It will take as long as the Spirit wants it to 
take in leading a person to Christ. But this I know, where 


the non-Christian is in his own spiritual pilgrimage will have 
a lot to do with where I enter into the evangelism process. 
I've been on airplanes where I've led someone to Christ in 
less than a 40-minute trip. But that's because they were 
ripe and ready. There have been other people I have talked 
to for years and they still haven't trusted Christ. And with 
those who haven't accepted Christ, I don't feel like I've 
failed. I recognize they are not ready to be harvested. 


Sure. I'll give two examples that will help you see the 
range of what might happen. 

The last person I led to Christ was a week ago. This 
fellow was a friend of a Christian who had spent the last 
year-and-a-half loving and caring for this person. Ben, the 
non-Christian, began attending a discussion group I lead- 
it's where people can come and ask any question about Goi 
and life. After attending four of those sessions, he and I 
got together on three occasions to talk about his questionSi 
and objections to Christianity. A week ago he walked into' 
my office and God allowed me to do the reaping. Someom 
else did the sowing and watering and cultivating. Someone 
else established the relationship. It was a situation where, 
within three months, we saw a person move from being i 
totally cold to the Gospel to being open and accepting j 
Jesus Christ. I 

Another illustration: In my old neighborhood my wife i 
and I prayed, looked for and took every opportunity to j 
share Christ with our neighbors. After three-and-a-half 
years, not one person trusted Christ. I was discouraged tha 
Larry IVIoody, the evangelist, hadn't led any of his 
neighbors to Christ. But you see, I was buying into the ide 
that evangelism is just reaping. When Jesus taught His 
disciples about evangelism in John 4, He talks about sowini 
and reaping and that one will sow and another will reap. 

A year after my wife and I moved, one of our former 
neighbors came to see us. Their marriage was falling apart) 
and they knew Ruth and I had something different. We 


Duth, and church growth 

Staff News: Fifty-nine Operation Barnabas teens are traveling throughout the South and Southeast. Ed Lewis and 
Sue Ril<e join eight other adult leaders in the program. Two CE staff members are adding partners to their lives 
this summer. Jim Folsom married Stephanie Cooper on June 9, and Bonnie Osborne will marry Bill Weberling on 
July 14. Congratulations to both! 

GBC Christian Education Box 365, Winona Lal<e, IN 46590 Tel. 219/267-6622 

ad an opportunity to lead that couple to Christ . . . but, 
':lll, that was just one couple in a neighborhood we had 
joured our lives into. 

! Now, a year-and-a-half later, five couples have trusted 
ihrist in that neighborhood— all led to Christ by that first 
{ouple— and they have a neighborhood Bible study with 
;fteen non-Christians attending. 

Did we do evangelism those three years when no one 
iccepted Christ? Absolutely. We were sowing, we were 
iultivating and we were watering. But God didn't give us 
he opportunity to reap. We have to remember that reaping 
ielongs to God. 



The first primary mistake is making a friendship on the 
asis that "this is the new gimmick to get people to trust 
:hrist" as opposed to being a genuine friend. If we are 
oing to do friendship evangelism, building bridges of 
I'iendship to better enable one to share the Gospel, then we 
jave to be committed to unconditional love. In uncondi- 
jonal love, I will love that person whether or not they trust 
ihrist. My love and caring doesn't change on the basis of 
/hether they are believing what I am believing. That's the 
iind of love Christ demonstrated. 
; The second mistake is building a friendship to build a 
riendship. The people making the mistake spend time doing 
riendship, but they never get around to doing evangelism. 

Ruth and I had a couple over to our house last night that 
/e've now met with three times. They are from another 
ountry and just recently became our neighbors. They 
ame to our house at 8:00 and left at 2.00 in the morning. 

I can remember seven different times during the evening 
prayed that God would give me the opportunity to talk 
/ith them about Jesus Christ. Three different times I tried 
bring our conversation to the Gospel, but it wasn't 
atural and they weren't comfortable with it. So I didn't 
orce it. 

Now when they left last night, I didn't feel guilty. These 
re people we care for. I prayed earnestly for an open door 
'efore they came and it wasn't there. So rather than force 
door open, I allow the Spirit to do the work. And last 
vening we had a great time just being their friend. 

But as friends, we want to introduce them to Christ. 
\nd the last time we were together, we talked with them 
bout Christ and about him being an agnostic, which is 
/hat he said, versus my being a Christian. Last night the 
oor didn't open. But I feel like I did just as much 

(Continued on page 24) 


ll/atit to Work 
in the 

We Can Help! 

GBC Christian 
Education lias 
designed a con- 
vention espe- 
£.. ' ''JK^^^MUST^ ciallyforyou. 

r '- f^Kn^m^ "^^'^ August 5- 

\ Wi^i T' ' J 7 at Winona Lal<e, 

Indiana, tiie confer- 
ence features three 
workshop tracks on IVlonday. A "Friendship 
Evangelism" seminar led by Larry Moody 
and a track on "Methods and Strategy for 
Discipling Christians," led by Max Anders, 
will help equip harvesters. A third track, 
"Problem Solving in Children's Ministries," 
will give a new vision and practical help to 
children's workers. 

Also featured are messages by Dr. Joe 
Aldrich, author of Lifestyle Evangelism. 

Pre-registration is not necessary. For 
information, call: GBC Christian Education, 

New Score Boards 

First-class digital score boards will be used 
for the second year during the 1984 national 
Bible quizzing competition. Donated by Pastor 
Ray Feather, national quiz master, and his 
Okeechobee, Florida, congregation, the new 
equipment has greatly enhanced the Bible quiz- 
zing at Brethren National Youth Conference. 

Score boards aren't cheap. The original esti- 
mate for constructing the score boards was 
$5,000. But the men of the Okeechobee Grace 
Brethren Church volunteered their time and 
built the new equipment for half the estimated 

Especially to be thanked for their work on 
the equipment are Ed and Nancy Dearborn, 
John and Cheryl Koch, and Ray and Sharon 

The sound system used in the national quiz 
program was a gift of Durwood and Claudine 
Brooke from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 

Special thanks to all these dedicated people. 

(Continued from page 23) 

evangelism last night as the other night when Ben trusted 


Prayer. It's amazing how little evangelism time is spent 
in prayer. If it's God doing the work in a person's heart 
and if it's God tenderizing me to want to spend time with 
non-Christians, then it's going to come through prayer. 

I've often said there are two reasons why people don't 
trust Christ. First, they don't know any Christians. 
Second, they do know some Christians. It's the second 
reason that troubles me. Many Christians don't spend the 
time they need to spend in developing their own relation- 
ship with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They 
do not communicate with the Father about non-Christians 
they know, that they will have love for them and will take 
advantage of the opportunities and share Christ clearly. 


I have to always remember that my goal is to see 
someone trust Christ. It would have brought me a great 
deal of pleasure to see my neighbors trust Christ last night. 
And there was a sense of urgency as I prayed throughout 
yesterday that they would come to know Christ. But I've 
found that, as a good salesman, I can get people to buy. 
Later, though, I find out they were really just interested in 
looking, not buying. 

So I need to be careful that I go where the Spirit of God 
has opened the door. 

I look for every opportunity I can to lead people to 
Christ. I never pass up an opportunity I know of, 
consciously saying, "I 'm going to pass on this one." It can 
happen in ten minutes when someone walks into my office 
or in five years. And it's my willingness to be patient that 
allows God to, as Paul says in 2 Corinthians 2, open doors. 1 





"As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the 
word, that ye may grow thereby:" (1 Peter 2:2) 


Jlisstonanj mnhdays 


(If no address is listed, the address can be found on pages 31-33 of 
the Grace Brethren AnnualJ 


Scott Nairn September 20, 1977 


Mrs. Grace Pettman September 8 

Mrs. Eileen Miller September 18 

Jay Farner September 19, 1974 

Central African Republic 

Erin Stallter September 8, 1981 

Mrs. Betty Hocking September 11 

Miss Lila Sheely September 30 


Dr. Trevor Craigen September 1 

David Viers September 3, 1976 

Ethan Mines September 21, 1981 


Mrs. Alys Haag September 1 1 

Puerto Rico 

Caryn Schrock September 22, 1977 

In the United States 

Miss Rosella Cochran September 1 

Miss Ruth Snyder September 8 

Mrs.Loree Sickel September 10 

Offering Opportunity 


Goal: $10,000 
Send before September 10, 1984 

This offering helps cover the expenses of 
running WMC. Even though the national 
officers do not get paid, funds are needed to 
cover postage, printing, travel, office supplies 
— everything it takes to keep an organization 
going. WMC has been running in the red 
for a few years; help keep us in the black. 



— Schedule a planning session for 
your council's new officers before 
the September meeting. Make a day 
day of it— a mini retreat. A time of 
careful planning, prayer, and fel- 
lowship will be a boost to your 

— One council reported that in 
August its members begin making 
counted cross-stitch bookmarks, 
napkins, and pictures for mission- 
aries for Christmas. They also study 
each of their missionaries, learning 
about their countries, their needs, 
their families, their work, and 
special prayer requests. 

— Plan now how to invite and in- 
volve new ladies in WMC. The Sep- 
tember meeting is a good one to 
which to invite them. Make the 
new women feel welcome, and 
don't forget to keep inviting them 
after the first meeting. 

— Please pray for the national 
WMC board and national officers 
as they meet in July before national 
conference. Many important deci- 
sions will be made at these meetings. 

There's Always a First Time 

by Elizabeth Schaefer 

Missionary Appointee to IVIexico 

I get so excited about WMC! The fellowship and 
growing time is a joyful time to me. It's part of my 
heart. I'll miss it so much when I go to Mexico this 

But there's one meeting I'll never forget, and that's 
the Mid-Atlantic District WMC meeting held at 
district conference time this spring. It was such an 
honor for me to participate on the program, to share 
the message on my heart about my future ministry in 
Mexico with my husband. The ladies made me feel 
that I was a part of them, even though I had just met 
some of them for the first time! But through their 
actions and words they assured me that they loved 
me and were deeply interested in me! Not only that, 
they wanted to know what was on my heart. These 
ladies made me feel so special, cared for, and loved. 
I'm part of their family, you see. And they were sure 
that they made me feel that I am a part. 

You know, new missionary ladies don't automati- 
cally blossom into exciting speakers. Nor do they 
automatically overcome any fears they have about 
speaking in front of groups. But it's something they 
must do anyway. I must (and do want to) speak and 
share my heart of love with others— not just as a mis- 
sionary but as a member of WMC! And the ladies in 
my district were willing to listen to what I had to say. 
They were interested and let me know it. 

I have had no greater encouragement as I depart 
for the field. The ladies back home are behind me in 
their love, their interest, their prayers. They allowed 
me to have a chance to share my heart with them, 
and now they know me better. I'll never forget this 
opportunity that they gave me. 

New things— first-time experiences— can be fright- 
ening. But now my first WMC rally speaking engage- 
ment is behind me, and as I look back I can say that 
my apprehension didn't last long. Their love for me 
overcame my fear, and then I enjoyed my time with 
them immensely! 

I want to say a big, loving Thank You to the ladies 
of my home district for helping me progress through 
somewhat scary experiences by assuring me that they 
are behind me so that now I can eagerly go forward 
without fear! Ladies, I love you! ■ 



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Humble hearts 

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Trumpets raised, 

Christ is praised. 
Horns will blow; 

all will know 

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Cymbals ring; 
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Music o'er, 

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But we're not through 

praising You. 

Our lives will praise the King 

by Kim Kyle 


Foeus on Faeulty 

Dr. Charles R. Smith 

Director of Seminary Admissions, Pro- 
fessor of Cfiristian Tfieology and 
Birthdate: April 22, 1935 
Salvation: in 1945 

Education: IVIemphis State University, 

B.A., Bryan College 

Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary 

Graduate Study in History: North 
Texas State University 

Th.D., Grace Theological Seminary 
Favorite Biblical Books: 1 Corinthians 

and Colossians 
Favorite Scripture: Colossians 1 
Favorite Topics of Discussion: The Bible, 

Don Fowler, Beagles, the Yankees, bis- 
cuits and grits 
Favorite Subject to Teach: Biblical 

Joined Grace Faculty: September 1970 
Marriage: August 19, 1956, to Ellie Faye 
Children: Steven Russel (27) and Douglas 

Charles (25) 
Hobbies: Reading, electronics 
Latest Accomplishment: Becoming a 


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by Kim Kyle i 

"If I show the girls I love them, they'll all love i 
Not so! In this position there are girls who dislike \ 
before they even know you," says Miriam Uphousij 

Most think of her as the Dean of Women, afj 
tionately called "Mrs. U." She will be concludingi 
years as Associate Dean of Students this summer. ^ 

"I always felt it was a privilege to work her< 
am not leaving because it's getting to me. I just thi 
a younger person would communicate better with ' 
girls. I'm the age of their grandmothers." 

Mrs. Uphouse calls herself a "late bloomer,"; 
ceiving her degree at age 45. Already an LPN, she( 
ceived her B.A. from Grace in 1963, while teach 
part-time. She also has an M.S. in Guidance i 
Counseling from St. Francis College. She taughtl 
troduction to Counseling for 10 years. 

Mrs. Uphouse views her time here as 20 growi 
meaningful, fulfilling years. 

"The most interesting aspect is seeing a girl cha' 
and knowing you were a small part of it. Mak 
some impression on their lives is a sobering thouo 
because it should be a positive one. Not everyone i 
loved me." ,: 

Records of the Fellows! 


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Left to right: Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr.; Robert Ibac 
and Rev. Clyde K. Landrum 



She continues, "I have wanted them to like me as 
ijolder Christian woman who has been through the 
iiie struggles, who is fulfilled and contented. 
l"My role is to be responsive to the girls' needs. I 
iji't want to be the one who just kisses their hurts. 
!ant them to grow through them. I should tell them 
ijs going to be all right, ... if you work through this 

(Mrs. Uphouse has held a prestigious position, a 
(ible position. She has been the only woman in ad- 
iiistration here. "I feel the men have been support- 
'J and have listened. I have to give my husband 
:jdit. He has always been encouraging." 
jShe was Indiana Merit Mother of the Year in 1977; 
!|ace College Alumna of the Year, 1981; and in 
'jo's Who of American Women, 1983-84. She served 
ilPresident of the Association of Christians in Stu- 
;jit Development, 1969-71 and 1978-80. 
"I have learned about myself. The Student Body 
■j; been a mirror. The girls have been a role model to 
j in so many ways." 

iShe summarizes, "If I had it to do over again, I 
|dly would. The pluses have been so much more 
hn the minuses." 

Verna May Felts 

Associate Professor of IVIusic (Piano) 
Birthdate: December 15 
Salvation: in Senior High School 
Education: Undergraduate study, 
Kletzing College 

B.S.M., Fort Wayne Bible College 

M.M., Indiana University 

Graduate work: Indiana University, 
University of Colorado, Florida 
State University and Indiana Uni- 
versity (Fort Wayne) 
Favorite Biblical Books: Gospels 
Favorite Scripture: Psalm 55:22 
Favorite Topics of Discussion: Music, 

Current Events, Gardening, Nutrition 
Favorite Subject to Teach: Theory— Piano 
Joined Grace Faculty: 1961 (part-time) 

1968 (full-time) 
Marriage: October 17, 1957, to W. 

Roland Felts 
Children: Jeffrey (25) and Alicia (23) 
Hobbies: Sewing, gardening, cooking 

Grace Brethren Churches on File in Morgan Library 

Rev. Clyde K. Landrum, longtime secretary of the 
llowship of Grace Brethren Churches, has pre- 
ited the original minutes of the annual conference 
the denomination to Grace Schools president. Dr. 
imer A. Kent, Jr. 

The documents, covering the years 1926 to 1981, 
I be deposited in the archives of Morgan Library 
the Winona Lake, Indiana, campus. The minutes 
ristitute primary source material for documenting 
; history of the FGBC. 

This acquisition is an important step in the project 
collecting archival records of the Grace Brethren 

Fellowship, according to Robert I bach, director of 
Morgan Library. "We plan to make the archives a cen- 
tral depository for the historical papers of the Fellow- 
ship," he said. "We are soliciting similar materials from 
district conferences, local churches, and individuals." 
The archives presently contain many of the papers 
of such men as Alva J. McClain, Louis S. Bauman, 
and Herman A. Hoyt, as well as minutes of some of 
the district conferences and materials on the history 
of Grace Schools. The definitive collection of the 
papers of evangelist Billy Sunday, comprising about 
28 cubic feet, is also held by Morgan Library. 




In Memory of : 

Harry Beach 
Nancy Beddia 
Mrs. Ralph Dearing 
Joe Dombek 
Ralph Grandin 
Virginia Hottle 
Evelyn King 
Opal Kuhn 
Thelma Liechty 

Mildred Nairn 
Leila Pol man 
Grace Rich 
Betty Tarn kin 

Harold Tucker 
Robert Wilcoxson 

Naomi Wolf 

In Honor of : 

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Derham 
(Fiftieth Wedding Anni- 

Given by : 

Mrs. Clair Beach 

Mr. and Mrs. Chris Lapp 

Mrs. W. H. Greenwood 

Rev. W. H. Schaffer 

Mr. and Mrs. Philip Grandin 

Rev. and Mrs. John Burns 

Clear Lake G.B. Camp 

Rev. W. H. Schaffer 

Rev. and Mrs. Gordon Bracker 

Rev.W. H. Schaffer 

Rev. and Mrs. John Burns 

Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Brand 

Rev. Nor^/ilie Rich, Sr. 

Rev. and Mrs. John Burns 

Dr. and Mrs. Homer Kent, Jr. 

Rev. and Mrs. Gordon Bracker 

Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Anderson 

Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Anderson 

Mr. and Mrs. Pete Anderson 

Benton County Courthouse 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Conner 

Mary Eckert 

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Falwell 

Mr. and Mrs. Tim Friesen 

Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Goss 

Mr. and Mrs. William Leburg 

Mr. and Mrs. Gary Longworth 

Mr. and Mrs. Greg Longworth 

Margery Looft 

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Muller 

Elizabeth Newgent 

Mr. and Mrs. Don Perkins 

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Wealing 

Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Windier 

Cecilia Wright 

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Miller 

Given by : 

Mr. and Mrs. James E. Clark, Jr. 

Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Crowe 

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D Robert Moeller has accepted the position as pastor 
at the Grace Brethren Church, 14960 Seville Rd., 
Sterling, OH 44276. His duties began June 1. 

n Pastor William Snell will serve as director for 
Homelands Tour which will visit the countries of 
France, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland. The dates 
are September 19 to October 3, 1984. Interested per- 
sons should contact Pastor Snell at the Grace Breth- 
ren Church, 308 S. Mulberry St., Martinsburg, PA 
16662 (Tel. 814/793-2513 or 793-3685.) 

n M. Lee Myers has accepted the pastorate of the 
new Blue Ridge Grace Brethren Church, Winchester, 
VA. He began his new duties May 7. 

D "After 1 years of broadcasting 'Hebrews for Heav- 
en' on station KTUC, it has been canceled due to the 
Chase Policy which allows no religious broadcasts after 
8 a.m." Submitted by J. C. McKillen, Tucson, AZ. 

D Ron Welsh, 100 Taywood Rd., Parkville Apt. No. 
55, Englewood, OH 45322, has assumed the pastorate 
of the Grace Brethren Church, Englewood, OH, as of 
April 8. 

D Dr. Richard Kriegbaum, formerly Director of Insti- 
tutional Affairs at Wheaton College (I L), has accepted 
the position of Vice President for Administration at 
Pacific College at Fresno, CA. 

Dr. Kriegbaum was formerly on the faculty at 
Grace College, Winona Lake, IN, and only recently 
was a consultant on its campus. He also served 
several years on the board of trustees of Grace. 

Richard is the son of Rev. and Mrs. Arnold R. 
Kriegbaum, former Dean of Students at Grace, who 
now reside in Silver Springs, FL. 

□ Special meetings were held at the Grace Brethren 
Church, Lake Odessa, Ml, April 22-29. The speaker 
was Charles Flowers. On the occasion of his forty- 
sixth anniversary of being licensed to the ministry, 
a commemorating plaque was presented to him. Bill 
Stevens, pastor. 


A six-month subscription to the Herald is given to newlyweds 
whose addresses are supplied by the officiating minister. 

Kim Baker and Glen Griffith, Bellflower Brethren Church, 

Bellflower, CA. Edwin Cashman, pastor. 

Linda Sue Baker and Charles Alan Mitchell, Bethel Brethren 

Church, Berne, IN. Larry Edwards, pastor. 

Elaine Booth and George Carnegis, Grace Brethren Church of 

Columbus, Westerville, OH. James Custer, pastor. 

Joyce Hiatt and Brad Trottman, Bellflower Brethren Church, 

Bellflower, CA. Edwin Cashman, pastor. 

Marie King and Dean Geib, Grace Brethren Church, Ripon, 

CA. Glen Shirk, pastor. 

Sheri Swanner and Steve Cohen, Bellflower Brethren Church, 

Bellflower, CA. Edwin Cashman, pastor. 

Donna Wenger and Barry Fornwalt, Grace Brethren Church, 

Myerstown, PA. Luke Kauffman, pastor. 

€hanae ycur annual 

A. Harold Arrington, R. 4, Box 275, Radford, VA 
24141 / Bob Belohlavek, c/o Foreign Missionary 
Society, P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, IN 46590 / 
Rick Clark, 306 Ogden Rd., Winter Haven, FL 33880 
/ Donald Eshelman, 334 S. Lulu, Wichita, KS 6721 1 
/ Dr. Herman A. Hoyt, 101 Florentine Dr., Willow 
Street, PA 17584 / Arnold R. Kriegbaum, Chelsea 
Estates, No. 7, 2400 N.E. 146th Court, Silver Springs, 
FL 32688 / John Lancaster, P.O. Box 8, Midland, 
MD 21542 / Howard Mayes, 4955 Longford, Huber 
Heights, OH 45424 / M. Lee Myers, 507 Wentworth 
Dr., Wincheser, VA 22601 / Davy L. Troxel, 102 
Glenmill Rd., New Albany, IN 47150 / The new ad- 
dress for the secretary of the Singer Hill Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Johnstown, PA, is: 202 Ash St., Parkhill, 
PA 15945. 

□ Jerry Young, pastor of the GBC of Lititz, PA, has 
received a prestigious medal from the U.S. Army Re- 
serve. The Meritorious Service Medal was awarded for 
his outstanding service as chaplain of the 157th 
Separate Infantry Brigade (Mech), Headquarters Co., 

He has received other awards, which include the 
Army Commendation Medal and the Army Reserve 
Command Achievement Medal. 

□ The Kenai, AK, GBC sur- 
prised William H. Schaffer 
with a party on his eightieth 
birthday. The pastor said: 
"God gave Moses his great- 
est work after he was 80 
and we are expecting great 
things from you." 


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Vol. 46 No. 8 August 1984 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 
is published monthly by the Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald Co., P. O. 
Box 544, 1104 Kings Highway, 
Winona Lake, ll\l 46590. Subscrip- 
tion prices: $7.75 per year; foreign, 
$9.50; special rates to churches. 
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Editor, Charles Turner 
Managing Editor, Kenneth Herman 
Artist, Mary Jane Fretz 
Editorial Secretary, Omega Sandy 
Departmental Editors: 
Christian Education: 

Ed Lewis, Brad Skiles 
Foreign Missions: 

John Zielasko, Nora Macon 
Grace Brethren Boys: 

Mike Ostrander 
Grace Brethren Men: 
Harold Hollinger 
Grace Schools: 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr.- 
Denny Brown 
Home Missions: 

Dr. Lester E. PIfer, Liz Cutler 
Women's Missionary Council: 
Nora Macon 


6 Home Missions Today, A Strategic Arm for 
World Evangelism 

8 Reading Between the Lines— Report from the West 

9 Southern America Is "Reaching for the Harvest" 

1 1 Reaching Out in the Eastern Section of the United 

13 Is God's Will Expressed in Your Will? 

14 WMC Idea File 

17 GBC Christian Education iVIinistry Report 1984 
24 Hepatitus B Vaccine Special Project 

27 We're Looking for Some Chief Sinners— Broken Clay 
Pots— Weak Things 

28 Becoming a Missionary-Minded Family 

31 Internship— It's an Awkward Stage 

32 Caylor Scholarship Established 

bmh features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 
• Feature Article 4 • BMH News Report 36 • 

reported in the herald letters 

35 YEARS AGO - 1949 

The sixtieth national conference was 
held at Winona Lake, Indiana, with Paul R, 
Bauman as moderator. At that time the 
Home Missions Council was located in the 
Westminster Hotel, Grace Schools offices 
were located in the Free Methodist building, 
and the Brethren Missionary Herald building 
was at Fourth and Chestnut. Foreign Mis- 
sions was located on the second floor of the 
Herald building. 

15 YEARS AGO - 1969 

The Community Grace Brethren Church 
of Warsaw, Indiana, revealed the sketches of 
its new $225,000 sanctuary addition. Mark 
Malles, pastor. . . . Brethren Home Missions 
celebrated its thirtieth anniversary. 

5 YEARS AGO - 1979 

The Southern Lancaster Grace Brethren 
Church of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, broke 
ground for its new church location. Vernon 
J. Harris, pastor. . . . Lee J. Friesen was 
called to the Grace Brethren Church in Fre- 
mont, Ohio. . . . Two outstanding Brethren 
went to be with the Lord— Charles Mayes 
and Leo Polman. 

Thank you so nnuch for the new 
addition to the Herald. I do appreciate 
the "Special Feature" that has been 
appearing in each issue. They are inter- 
esting and present such a wide variety 
of subjects. Keep them coming!— P/4 

Dear Readers, 

Indeed, we will! This is just one of 
the many fine comments about 
the "Special Features." They are to 
stimulate and bring to our readers a 
viewpoint. This viewpoint may not al- 
ways be accepted by all. If you have 
an article, please send it to us for con- 
sideration. Thanks!— ONT 

Cover Photos: Standing grain by Liz Cutler. 
Photo insert: by Lester E. Pifer (Pastor Gary 
Nolan of the Coast Community Grace 
Brethren Church of Laguna Niguel, Cali- 
fornia, shares his ministry with Dr. Robert 
W. Thompson, western field secretary of the 
Grace Brethren Home Missions Council). 




1984 IS the 10th anniversary ot 
the Grace Village Retirement Center. 

October 1 974 was the first month 
for residents to move into the retire 
ment apartments. 

The original Board of Directors 
was elected at national conference, 
August 16, 1969. Charles H. 
Ashman was the first elected Chair 
man of the Board ot Directors and 
served until May 14, 1974, when 
Ralph C. Hall was named Chairman. 
As of July 1, 1984, Robert A. 
Ashman was elected to serve as 
Chairman of the Board of Directors. 

In 1974 when the first two wings 
were opened, there was a total of 38 
apartments of various sizes. Ten 
years later, the village has 121 In 
dependent and Residential Care 
apartments plus a 33 bed Com 
prehensive Health Care wing. The 
total number of residents in the en- 
tire complex is approximately 185 



with 70 employees (full and part 

Right from the beginning days, the 
intent of the philosophy of Grace 
Village was to provide opportunity 
for Christian friends to have a place 
of fellowship during the maturing 
years. Grace Village is programmed 
around the basic premise of honor- 
ing our Christian beliefs and Biblical 

Our staff is dedicated to a ministry 
of concern for many and committed 
to the care of the individual. God has 
blessed Grace Village with growth 
and expansion on the 20 acre tract 
of land to an investment today of 
5.5 million dollars. 

Ten years and still growing . . . 
Next is the planning and construc- 
tion of Independent Living Units. 
Grace Village has purchased eight 
acres of land just east of our present 
location. The plan will include the 
construction of duplex living units 

.irf«*r »^ 

which will add another dimension to 
the overall service to the retirement 
community. God has been good to 
Grace Village. 


Please send more information 
concerning the following: 









Grace Village 

Sherwood Durkee, Administrator 
Box 337 
Winona Lal<e, IN 

Reflections By Still Waters 

Numbers Are 

Just Not That 


by Charles W. Turner 


Do I remember correctly the old 
saying, "One little Indian, two little 
Indians ... or, don't we say things 
like that anymore? At least, it was 
an early introduction to numbers 
and all of those complicated lessons 
in arithmetic, algebra, and geome- 
try that followed. There were 
charts and endless memorization to 
find the square root and tangents of 
triangles. Please do not write and 
correct me, because now all of this 
seems like another world. However, 
math brought me into the world of 
reality and taught me that most 
things not only have names, but 
there is a number in them some- 

Every so often I hear the expres- 
sion that "Numbers are just not 
that important," or, its twin theme: 
"We are just too interested in num- 
bers." The statement most often is 
coming from someone whose busi- 
ness or church has reached a peak 

and is on the way down. When the 
numbers were headed up, the num- 
bers did count. Now it is quality 
that counts, not quantity. My, how 
time and circumstances do change 
our thought patternsi 

What is there to the statement 
that numbers do not count and are 
not very important? Not very 
much, unless there are a lot of 
qualifications placed on the state- 

If numbers are not important, 
just why do you have one wife and 
maybe not five? Or, if numbers are 
not important, does it make any 
difference if we believe in four gods 
instead of one? Tell your school- 
teacher that it is unimportant that 
numbers make no difference when 
your test grade is a 57 instead of a 

If numbers are not important, 
how do you explain to the police- 
man he should not be lecturing you 
because you were traveling 72 when 
the speed limit is 55? Or, if num- 
bers are not the most important 
thing but quality is really it, what 

is your response to payday n 

the boss gives you five cle.: '0 
dollar bills when you have e, d 
10 rather worn ones? 

I think maybe the point is i ii;. 
Numbers are important am /o 
really live our lives by them. y 
control our thoughts and our i is 
and they tell us when to go to I, 
when to get up, and when to <: •> 
work. They tell us about our w t 
and our age and give our 
phone's identity. Our mailiny 1- 
dresses are also controlled 'V 
numbers, as well as the price oi le 
new car or the cost of a dozi if 
eggs. They tell the preacher wh'i' it 
is time to quit preaching and lii"/ 
help us find the right place in .ur 
Bibles— both by chapter and verv 

Possibly the last numbers are the 
ones that someone will engrave 'in 
the granite over our earthly re- 
mains—our births and our deaths. 

Yes, numbers are with us— every 
where and all of the time. 

There is one expression of num- 
bers I do like, and that is "God and 
you (me) make a majority'" • 





Vol. 46 No. 8 August 1984 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 
is published monthly by the Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald Co., P. O. 
Box 544, 1104 Kings Highway, 
Winona Lake, IN 46590. Subscrip- 
tion prices: $7.75 per year; foreign, 
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6 Home Missions Today, A Strategic Arm for 
World Evangelism 

8 Reading Between the Lines— Report from the West 

9 Southern America Is "Reaching for the Harvest" 

1 1 Reaching Out in the Eastern Section of the United 

13 Is God's Will Expressed in Your Will? 

14 WMC Idea File 

17 GBC Christian Education Ministry Report 1984 
24 Hepatitus B Vaccine Special Project 

27 We're Looking for Some Chief Sinners— Broken Clay 
Pots— Weak Things 

28 Becoming a Missionary-Minded Family 

31 Internship— It's an Awkward Stage 

32 Caylor Scholarship Established 

bifih features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 
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repcrted in the herald letters 

35 YEARS AGO - 1949 

The sixtieth national conference was 
held at Winona Lake, Indiana, with Paul R. 
Bauman as moderator. At that time the 
Home Missions Council was located in the 
Westminster Hotel, Grace Schools offices 
were located in the Free Methodist building, 
and the Brethren Missionary Herald building 
was at Fourth and Chestnut. Foreign Mis- 
sions was located on the second floor of the 
Herald building. 

15 YEARS AGO - 1969 

The Community Grace Brethren Church 
of Warsaw, Indiana, revealed the sketches of 
its new $225,000 sanctuary addition. Mark 
Malles, pastor. . . . Brethren Home Missions 
celebrated its thirtieth anniversary. 

5 YEARS AGO - 1979 

The Southern Lancaster Grace Brethren 
Church of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, broke 
ground for its new church location. Vernon 
J. Harris, pastor. . . . Lee J. Friesen was 
called to the Grace Brethren Church in Fre- 
mont, Ohio. . . . Two outstanding Brethren 
went to be with the Lord— Charles Mayes 
and Leo Polman. 

Thank you so much for the new 
addition to the Herald. I do appreciate 
the "Special Feature" that has been 
appearing in each issue. They are inter- 
esting and present such a wide variety 
of subjects. Keep them coming!— P/4 

Dear Readers, 

Indeed, we will! This is just one of 
the many fine comments about 
the "Special Features." They are to 
stimulate and bring to our readers a 
viewpoint. This viewpoint may not al- 
ways be accepted by all. If you have 
an article, please send it to us for con- 
sideration. Thanks!— CVilT 

Cover Photos: Standing grain by Liz Cutler. 
Photo insert: by Lester E. Pifer (Pastor Gary 
Nolan of the Coast Community Grace 
Brethren Church of Laguna Niguel, Cali- 
fornia, shares his ministry with Dr. Robert 
W. Thompson, western field secretary of the 
Grace Brethren Home Missions Council). 




by W. Russell Ogden 


Forming a Christian World View 

lAII Scripture quotations are from Tfie Holy Bible, New 
International Version, copyright 1978 by the New Yorl( 
International Bible Society. j 

The dilemma of six seminal scientists from Indostan 
is recounted in an ancient legend from India. These 
six blind men trying to describe an elephant is a good 
illustration of the difficulty in forming a world view. 
In brief, the first blind man fell against the elephant's 
side and declared he is very like a wall. The second 
touched his tusk and said he is like a spear. The third 
handled his trunk and said he is like a snake. The 
fourth felt his leg and said he is like a tree. The fifth 
grasped his ear and said he is like a fan. The sixth 
seized his tail and insisted he is like a rope. 

In a rhymed version retold by John Saxe, the final 
stanza reads: 

And so these men of Indostan 

disputed loud and long, 
each in his own opinion 

exceeding stiff and strong, 
though each was partly in the right, 
and all were in the wrongl^ 

In a narrative version by Lillian Quigley, she has 
the argument stopped by a wise rajah who shouts 
from his palace window: "An elephant is a big 
animal. Each man touched only one part. You must 
put all the parts together to find out what an ele- 
phant is like. "2 

It is much the same with men and world views. 
Each of us has touched only one part of the world 
and life. None of us has seen the whole. How do we 
"put all the parts together" in a way that makes 


The eternal existence of God the Creator is the 
basic assumption on which the biblical world view 
rests. God's existence is assumed, but not explained. 
He becomes the explanation of everything that fol- 
lows. This kind of faith-assumption is essential to 

every world view. We must always start by assuming 
something that seems to be self-evidently true, but is 
not subject to proof nor disproof. God's existence 
seemed self-evident when the Bible was written, and 
has continued to seem so to most people in every 
century except our own. Many people today claim 
not to believe that God exists, and prefer to assume 
that the matter of the universe is self-existent and 
eternal. Either view must be assumed as an act of 

It is important for us at this point in our thinking 
to notice the crucial function of our assumptions. As- 
sumptions are determined by faith, but they in turn 
determine everything else that is allowed in or ex- 
cluded from our world view. If we begin with God, 
He will be all through our world view and will domi- 
nate it in the end. If we begin without God there will 
be no door through which He later may enter. We will 
develop a material world view in which God has no 
place and is not needed. 

Dr. Kenneth Pike of the University of Michigan 
and Wycliffe Bible Translators has written of this 
cruciality of assumptions. 

For many years I had felt the weight of Romans 
1:20 which says that the "eternal power and God- 
head" of the Lord have been revealed to men— clear- 
ly— in nature, so that they are "without excuse." . . . 
I now insisted to myself, we must conclude that man 
is morally responsible for seeing in nature that there Is 
a God ... I came to the conclusion that in heaven, at 
the judgment seat, God will hold men responsible for 
their basic philosophical assumptions, and that this 
choice ... is a moral choice" (his emphasis). 3 

Because our assumptions will determine our con- 
clusions, we are motivated to choose the assumptions 
that will give us the conclusions we want. If humans 
are the rebels against God that the Bible says they are, it 
is not surprising that many choose to eliminate God 
from their assumptions and thus from their world 
view. This logically frees them from the obligation of 
submission and obedience. The choice is volitional, 
not intellectual. 


Let us now identify what a world view Is. Simply 
stated, a world view is the way we view the world. It 
is what we consider to be ultimately true about God, 


the universe, and ourselves. A creed— a statement of 
what we believe— is a skeletal world view. Your world 
view is your concept of reality. 


There are two categories into which all world 
views seem to fall. The first category begins with 
God: we call this theistic. The second category be- 
gins without God: we shall call this naturalistic. We 
could call world views in the second category mafer/a/- 
istic because they assume the eternal existence of 
matter; or we could call them atheistic because they 
assume there is no god. I have chosen naturalistic as a 
more comprehensive term. Naturalists often spell 
Nature with a capital N, indicating they regard Nature 
as more than matter. Nature is regarded as matter 
plus a mysterious life-force that causes life to emerge 
from non-life and to steadily improve. Nature can 
even produce its own gods, who are usually personi- 
fications of natural forces. Far from being always 
atheistic (no god), naturalism often is polytheistic 
(many gods), and even pantheistic (everything is god). 

In this study we will examine the world view of 
Biblical Theism. This view begins with the God of the 
Bible. In a second study we will look more closely at 
the world view of Naturalism. In a third we will ex- 
plore some variations on the two themes of theism 
and naturalism. In a fourth concluding study we will 
attempt to remove elements of naturalism that have 
crept into Biblical Theism, and to build our world 
view entirely on the Bible as God's self-revelation. 


The value of a world view must be judged by a few 
simple standards on which all men agree. Christian 
philosopher Keith Yandell of the University of Wis- 
consin-Madison suggests two of these: consistency, 
and coherence.'^ William Hasker of Huntington Col- 
lege adds a third which he calls "explanatory 
power, "^ but which in the interest of alliteration I 
shall call correspondence. The following are defini- 
tions of these criteria. 

Consistency. Arthur Holmes of Wheaton College 
calls this the "law of non-contradiction in logic. "^ 
Keith Yandell gives this description: "A system that 
essentially contains a contradiction is false for that 
reason, and cannot be true until the contradiction is 
removed."^ For example, we cannot say that God 
created nature and then insist that God is subject to 
nature's laws. The first statement puts God above 
nature; the second puts Him under nature. These 
statements are contradictory and can't both be true 
in the same world view. Actually, the first belongs in 
theism, and the second in naturalism. Within a world 
view each statement must be consistent with every 
other statement. 

Coherence. This means that all parts of a world 
view must hold together as a unit. Holmes says the 
justification for coherence as a criterion is "the unity 

of truth . . . that truth in toto is itself an interrelated 
and coherent whole" (his emphasis).^ Yandell adds, 
"An incoherent (world view), because of its inco- 
herence, can't provide an adequate account of . . . 
truth. "^ For example, when we say that God is one, 
and the universe He created is one, it is coherent to 
suppose that the natural laws of the universe are the 
same throughout the universe. To suppose a universe 
in which nature behaved in different ways in differ- 
ent places would be incoherent. To say a cow jumped 
over the moon is great fantasy in a nursery rhyme, 
but incoherent in a realistic world view. 

Correspondence. A valid world view must corre- 
spond with our experience in the real world. It should 
explain the world as it is and "satisfy our desire to 
understand . . . unify the data . . . identify the cause 
which accounts for them ... (be) comprehensive . . . 
and simple" (Yandell's emphasis).^" That's quite a 
tall order! But the way it works is this: if we held a 
world view that the earth is flat, navigation and as- 
tronomy would soon prove us wrong. In contrast, if 
we held a world view that God can raise the dead, one 
instance of this happening in the history of the world 
would validate the criterion of correspondence. The 
biblical world view does make this claim, and the 
New Testament is filled with the personal testi- 
monies of eyewitnesses to such an event. 


A world view by definition embraces concepts of 
all reality. Therefore, it is not possible to fully exam- 
ine even one world view. For the present purpose we 
shall select five major concepts that are vital to any 
world view and confine ourselves to these areas. The 
concepts are God, nature, man, morality, and history. 
In this study we shall examine the content of these 
concepts in the biblical world view. 


Biblical Theism is the oldest and best of all world 
views. It measures up to all the criteria. It claims to 
be the original world view, existing in oral tradition 
from the creation of Adam until God had Moses 
record it in the first book of the Bible about 1400 
B.C. The following are its major concepts. 

The concept of God. The Bible assumes the exist- 
ence of God: "In the beginning God . . ." (Gen. 1:1). 
It does not define Him at this point, nor explain Him 
at any point, but it does make Him the source and 
cause of all else that exists. He "created the heavens 
and the earth" (Gen. 1:1). 

God is later defined as spirit (non-material, John 
4:24). He is an infinite and personal Spirit who exists 
eternally in the complex triunity of Father, Son, and 
Holy Spirit. He is the creator, ruler, and judge of all 
other things. Therefore, the source of all things is 
spiritual and personal, not material and impersonal. 
Before there was a material realm God existed in the 
spiritual realm of His own infinite being. This assump- 
(Continued on page 16) 


^ TODAY , 


Arm for 



by Dr. Lester E. Pifer 

Executive Secretary 

Our Lord, after a very decisive dialogue with tiie 
Pharisees, brings a stinging woeful indictment against 
these hypocritical "whited sepulchers," as recorded 
by Matthew in chapter twenty-three. Reading this in- 
formative passage brings one to a realization that our 
blessed Lord was not only assessing correctly their 
attitudes and character but was revealing divine in- 
sight into their spiritual condition. 

He follows this with a great lament for Jerusalem, 
the spiritual nerve center of all Judah. "O Jerusalem, 
Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets and stonest 
them which are sent unto thee, how often would I 
have gathered thy children together, even as a hen 
gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would 
not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. 
For I say unto you, ye shall not see me henceforth till 
ye shall say, blessed is he that cometh in the name of 
the Lord" (Matt. 27:37-39). 

His assessment of their spiritual character and con- 
duct was accurate. He pointed out how abominable 

hypocrisy is in the sight of God. He analytically re- 
duced their problem to a condition of the heart. He 
then pronounces a sentence of desolation upon them. 

From the opening of our Lord's ministry and His 
early directive to His disciples (Matt. 10:6), He 
showed a great concern for His homeland and His 
people. Jerusalem was a vital point in the evangeli- 
zation of the world. It was here where His heart bled 
and where He paid the final price for the redemption 
of all mankind. 

As our Lord looks down upon this nation, so vital 
to the evangelization of our world today, I wonder 
what His assessment will be. America, the last vestige 
of a depository of the truth of God's Word, a nation 
which has been so blessed by the freedom of religion, 
founded upon the faith of our fathers, and so popu- 
lated with churches. We are a people who from earliest 
days of our founding fathers have been privileged 
with the truth in so many ways, a citidel for sending 
the missionary message to the far ends of the earth. 

We must admit that America has strayed from the 
stronghold of puritanical Christianity for which it was 
once known. Liberalization of the truth has divested 
and eroded the message of God from every corner of 
the nation. Churches that once beamed the message 
of the blood of Christ are silent and ineffective. 
Straight line, conservative, Bible-believing churches 
are advancing with the truth, though in the numerical 
minority. This is our spiritual opportunity in a drastic 
hour of sinful degradation. 

Make no mistake, our nation is in dire need of the 
delivering power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. News- 
week magazine reports that 35 million Americans 
were users of drugs in 1982. Over four million were 
using cocaine, that Alcoholics Anonymous member- 
ship, which has become increasingly involved in 
cocaine abuse, has tripled since 1968 from 170,000 
to 586,000. The frontline of the fight against drug 
addiction is in the fifth and sixth grades. "Poly abuse 
is the newest bussword among rehabilitation experts. 
These days it's hard to find a pure alcoholic. Most 
addicts are hooked on a combination of drugs." 

A recent F.B.I. Law Enforcement Bulletin reported 
that it is estimated that between 60,000 and 100,000 
female children are sexually abused annually. 'The 
incidence data on child sexual assault reveal that one 
in four females will be molested or raped by the time 




she reaches age 20 . . . ." Figures on male children as- 
saults are mounting but usually are not reported. The 
American Humane Association estimates some 
200,000 to 300,000 molestations of females alone 
occur every year. 

The growth of the pornographic media to a multi- 
billion dollar industry is directly responsible for a 
large percentage of our moral breakdown. America's 
judicial system with its permissiveness has allowed 
this immoral industry to grow with its many facets. 

The secular humanists which control the minds of 
our secular educational systems have and continue to 
set the stage for this sinful condition of our day. A 
professor of the Graduate School of Education at 
Harvard said recently, "Every child in America enter- 
ing school at the age of five is mentally ill because he 
comes to school with certain allegiances toward our 
founding fathers, toward our elected officials, toward 
his parents, toward a belief in a supernatural Being, 
toward the sovereignty of this nation as a separate 
entity. It's up to you teachers to make all of these 
sick children well by creating the international chil- 
dren of the future." 

The Apostle Paul stated long ago a truth that 
surely must apply to our beloved nation today. 
"What then? Are we better than they? No, in no 
wise: for we have before proved both Jews and 
Gentiles, that they are all under sin. . . . For all have 
sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Rom. 

The Psalmist declared, 'The wicked shall be 
turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God" 
(9:17). The wise man of Proverbs said, "Righteousness 
exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any 
people" (14:34). 

Our Lord continued His assessment of world 
spiritual need in the Olivet discourse of Matthew 
24-25. He states ten conditions which shall prevail in 
the last days before He returns (Matt. 24:4-12). He 
says it will be a day when "iniquity shall abound, the 
love of many shall wax cold" (v. 12). He must be 
grieved at the sinful conditions which prevail in the 
North American continent. 

Your Grace Brethren Home Missions Council, its 
directors, staff, leadership and corps of mission per- 
sonnel stand ready to evangelize this nation and our 
neighbor Canada. God has entrusted us with the 

Gospel. A message which will release the power of 
God in salvation to everyone who believes. We desire 
to reach the lost. We are dedicated to a discipleship 
ministry of new converts. We are a church-planting 
team. We believe and are committed to the biblical 
fact that Jesus will build His Church. We know that 
He desires to use the Body of Christ, His Church, as 
the instrument of world evangelism. If we are not 
successful at home and concerned about our church- 
planting evangelism efforts, how can we be abroad? 
How can we continue to send forth qualified mission- 
aries abroad if we do not have a substantial base of 
support at home? 

Home missions, evangelism, soul winning, and 
church planting in America is vital to the evangelism 
of the world abroad. Never has there been a day when 
the need in America was greater. We trust you will 
stand with us, pray for us, and support with your 
gifts your Grace Brethren Home Missions church- 
planting team in these days of unprecedented oppor- 
tunity. ■ 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer 

has led the Grace 

Brethren Home 

Missions Council as 

executive secretary 

since 1965. Prior to 

that, he served as 

field secretary and 

later as assistant 

secretary to Dr. L. 

L. Grubb. He also 

pastored three 

Grace Brethren 

churches over a 

period of 15 years. 



tlte Lines — 

Members of the Heights Grace Brethren Church in Albuquerque, New 
Mexico, fellowship after a morning worship. 

Dr. Robert W. Thompson 
joined the staff of the Council 
as western field secretary in 
1965, following a successful 
ministry at Westminister, Cali- 
fornia. Prior to entering the 
ministry, he was employed by 
Procter and Gamble. 





by Dr. Robert W. Thompson 

Western Field Secretary 

The quarterly reports were 
stacked neatly on the desk and my 
efficient secretary had alphabetized 
them for convenience in reviewing 
their contents. Columns of figures 
spaced carefully on the pages de- 
signed for efficiency in analyzing 
each Home Missions church. At the 
top of the stack was Albuquerque, 
New Mexico, where Mark Henning's 
statistics revealed a marvelous job 
in turning defeat into victory and at 
the bottom of the pile Bob 
MacMillan's report which reveals a 
growing congregation in Ventura, 
California. Sandwiched in between 
these two cover reports were 16 
others that carry in detail the 

progress of Grace Brethren Home 
Missions in the West. There are 
places to record attendance figures, 
special boxes which allow for the 
recording of offerings and expendi- 
tures; a Missions section which al- 
lows each local congregation to 
register its concern for others 
beyond the perimeters of their own 
congregation; a column for deci- 
sions and baptisms which irrefuta- 
bly evidence a united burden for 
the lost. 

These quarterly checkups, as our 
Home Mission pastors can readily 
attest, leaves very little to guess 
work in its detailed survey of their 
work. Each form is a silent witness 
to the plans and progress of these 
pioneering programs. The informa- 
tion recorded on these important 

documents contain information so 
helpful in keeping our priorities 
straight as well as providing the 
facts necessary for the ongoing ad- 
justments in each situation. These 
reports are a constant reminder of 
our responsibility to God in making 
wise choices and it deters us from 
drifting too far from our primary 
objectives of developing new 

What the forms don't tell is the 
blood, sweat and tears that go into 
any Home Mission point to make it 
a success. How does Randy Christie 
in far-off Helena, Montana, record 
the long hours of pounding the 
streets to reach one new prospect in 
his pioneering effort there. The 
charts make no provision for the 
countless early morning hours of 
discipleship that is so important in 
molding and conforming men to 
the image of Christ. There is no 
provision for recording the agoniz- 
ing hours spent in the sterile sur- 
roundings of hospital halls where 
waiting is just another part of the 
ministry as families cling to the 
man of God for consolation in the 
crisis hours. Mere numbers on paper 
can never fully describe the emo- 
tions that accompany life-changing 
decisions in personal and public 
confrontations with the gospel of 
Jesus Christ. 

How does one record Pastor Ed 
Jackson's ministry in a barren coun- 
try where the temperature often 




drops to 50 below zero or where 
Jim, his son at Homer, Alasl<a, min- 
isters to a constituency largely de- 
pendent upon the fishing industry 
which often separates the families 
for weeks at a time. The sterile 
facts recorded on Pastor Ward 
Miller's report on San Bernardino 
fall far short of telling what it is 
really like to move from a well- 
established ministry in Osceola, 
Indiana, to a struggling wounded 
work in Southern California. Can 
mere statistics convey a faith mani- 
fested by Pastor Brian Smith and 
his congregation in their recent de- 
cision to purchase property at an 
unprecedented sum while simul- 
taneously assuming the added re- 
sponsibility of self-supporting 

There is no place on the reports 
to register "blisters and calluses" on 
the hands of Pastor Sheldon Perrine 
and his dedicated people as they 
struggle together with the monu- 
mental task of building a new 
edifice in Hemet for the glory of 
the Lord. What column does Pastor 
Paul Hoffman use to relate emo- 
tions that accompany his dramatic 
move from a large associate minis- 
try in the Grace Brethren Church of 
Long Beach to an embryonic strug- 
gling work in Auburn, California? 
Can Darryl Anderson at Placerville 
register the hassle of a rented 
church facility in which everything 
has to be carried in for each service 
and then carefully packed away at 
the end of the day? Is it really pos- 
sible to record the meaningful 
experiences that contribute to the 
acculturation of Phil and Amy 
Guerena as they adjust in a few 
short months to a fully American 
ministry in Bell, California, after 
serving for years as missionaries to 
Mexico. It's not surprising that 
Ralph and Martha Schwartz, who 
likewise served as foreign mission- 
aries in Brazil, have, in the brief 
time at Santa Maria, sent out their 
first full-time missionary to the 
Navajos in New Mexico, but where 
on the report is there an oppor- 
tunity afforded to describe the in- 
fluence that results in this type of 
life commitment? 

Oh, yes, and there's Eagle River, 
(Continued on page 12) 

by Rev. William Byers 

Southern Field Secretary 

Distinct heritages from individual 
corners of our great country require 
specifically tailored attention as the 
Gospel is faithfully proclaimed. 
This is nonetheless true of our great 
southern country . The unique south- 
erner has grown strong, coming out 

of his past prejudices, and building 
fortresses of people to never-ending 
community growth. The huge in- 
filtration and settlement of mankind 
from the southeast of the Mississippi 
River to the Atlantic and those pass- 
ing through the southland to popu- 
late Florida, the sunshine state, 
promises to be the next largest con- 
(Continued on page 10) 

Southern America 
Is ''Reaehing Out 
for the Harvest'' 

Groundbreaking services were held 
at Sebring, Florida, earlier this year. 

Rev. William A. Byers has worked 

with the Council as southern field 

secretary since 1973. In addition to 

a pastoral ministry, he has been 

active in the business world. 




(Continued from page 9) 

centration of people since the 
special rush on California. 

These evident trends with in- 
creased populous require unique 
planning to reap a spiritual harvest. 
Everywhere the Apostle Paul went 
on his missionary journeys, it was 
evident that careful planning pre- 
vailed as he planted churches. Paul's 
planning included several specific 
endeavors without fail. The first of 
his emphases seemed to be his com- 
mendation of God's faithful people. 
To the Christians at Rome he said, 
"I thank my God through Jesus 
Christ for you all that your faith is 
spoken of throughout the whole 
world." To the Philippians he said, 
"I thank my God upon every re- 
membrance of you, always in every 
prayer of mine for you all." While 
we Southerners would like to stake 
our claim a bit for Paul's likeness 
to us as he spoke like us in his con- 
stant referral to "you all," we must 
rather acquiesce to his special con- 
cern over all inclusion of God's 
people who were especially faithful 
in their service for the Lord. This 
warm, loving commendation must 
be openly shared to our faithful 
Grace Brethren as they labor in our 
southern churches. Many people of 
the South are being reached by 
loving hands as our people are 
building in this great harvest in this 
way. A typical example is our Char- 
lotte, North Carolina, ministry. 
When a comment was made to 
Pastor Steve Jarrell in this good 
church concerning the fine unity of 
the people, Pastor Steve replied: "It 
is such a joy for my wife and me to 
seek ways each week where we can 
show our love to our people." This 
is truly the first emphasis of our 
churches in their ministries in the 

The second of Paul's emphases in 
church-building seems to be his care- 
ful response to God's leading in the 
choice of where to plant local 
organized bodies of believers. When 
one makes a careful observation of 
the events that led up to the loca- 
tions of the early churches (which 
is a fascinating study of its own) 
one concludes that careful planning 

was done as God's leading was fol- 
lowed. It is always great to read In 
Paul's epistles how he addresses 
directly God's people and mentions 
their location specifically. 

The establishment of local Grace 
Brethren churches in the South 
have been strategically placed. They 
have not sprung up by accident. 
God has raised up ministries in 
unique community locations: 

AltaVista, Virginia, which is in 
the center part of the state, below 

The vast Charlotte, North Caro- 
lina, area, the link between the 
Virginia and South Carolina com- 

Anderson, South Carolina, al- 
most at the center of the southern 
district of churches. 

The new East Atlanta, Georgia, 
ministy, in the hub of the South 
(opposite side of the city from the 
Marietta church). 

Florida supported ministries line 
up in near perfect progression to 
claim the harvest! North to south 
on the west coast: Brooksville, 
Palm Harbor, and Port Richey (self- 
support December of 1983). These 
churches reach the Tampa Bay, the 
second largest populous area of 
Florida. Lakeland links our minis- 
tries with Orlando and Tampa. 
Orange City centers the northeast 
and Melbourne borders the great 
center of the West coast. Sebring 
nearly centers the southern Florida 

The recent Florida district con- 
ference, moderated by Rev. Paul 
Mutchler, adapted two great 
specific outreach goals and encour- 
aged all the Florida churches to be 
accountable to these goals for the 
coming year. These goals were: 

1. All mission levels of giving 
were encouraged to exceed a 
30 percent increase. 

2. Established churches seek to 
organize and support exten- 
sion ministries so that experi- 
enced pastors with their 
churches lend the strongest 
hand in building more new 

(Continued on page 12) 




Rev. William W. Smith has 
been eastern field secretary 
since 1980. He has also pas- 
tared several churches and 
served as director of the 
Grace Brethren Board of 

by Rev. William Smith 

Eastern Field Secretary 

"Reach out and touch someone" 
is a slogan that has been fostered by 
a telephone company, encouraging 
all of us to reach out and touch 
people. Well, we at The Grace Breth- 
ren Home Missions Council have 
been doing just that. Through the 
years our ministries have reached 
out and touched a lot of people. 
However, since August of 1979, 
when we began the Bountiful Har- 
vest program, we have been reach- 
ing out with a concentrated effort 
like never before. 

In August of 1979, The Grace 
Brethren Home Missions Council 
launched the five-year program, "A 
Bountiful Harvest," in which a goal 
of starting and perpetuating 52 new 
Grace Brethren churches was set. 
Nineteen eighty-four is the final 
year of that program and we thank 
God that we are well on the way of 
attaining that goal. In the eastern 
division of the United States, we 
are reaching out in at least five cate- 
gories to touch this part of our 

First, we are reaching out with 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer leads a session during the 1984 Home IVIIssions Pastors' Orientation/Seminar in Winona Lal<e, Indiana, on May 15. 

Reaehiitg Out in the Eastern 
Section of tlte United States 

Bible classes. These classes may 
begin with one or two individuals 
and a teacher. Oftentimes, after a 
brief period, they begin to grow 
and develop and they become 
organized into a Grace Brethren 
church. In the eastern division at 
the present time we have new Bible 
classes in Baltimore, Maryland; 
Staten Island, New York; and 
London, Ohio. Others are ready to 
begin when we can secure a teacher, 
and the prospects for the future 
look very bright. It is our desire in 
every one of these classes that they 
will indeed develop and stabilize 
and result in a Grace Brethren 

Second, we are reaching out 
with home mission churches. Right 
now there are 15 in the eastern di- 
vision, each one in a different stage 
of development. Some are meeting 
in a rented facility with a small and 
struggling congregation. Several are 
meeting in a public school or rented 
church and are bursting at the 
seams, so to speak. Two or three of 
them are in the process of purchas- 
ing land and planning, within the 

near future, to erect a church build- 
ing all their own. Each of these 15 
home mission churches has a full- 
time pastor and a congregation that 
desires to reach out and touch their 
community for Jesus Christ. 

Third, we are reaching out by 
special assistance to churches which 
are under home mission supervision. 
There are times in the life of a con- 
gregation when they need strong 
supervision so that they might grow 
and expand their testimony for 
Christ. There are other cases when a 
congregation needs assistance finan- 
cially so that they might continue 
to reach out in their area for Christ. 
There have been other times when a 
congregation has desired to be 
under the umbrella of The Grace 
Brethren Home Missions Council 
because they have felt that the 
identity would aid them in their 
total outreach for Christ. We are 
now supervising congregations in 
Dryhill, Kentucky; Cuyahoga Falls, 
Kettering, and Vandalia, Ohio; and 
Royersford, Pennsylvania. We be- 
lieve that our investment in these 
churches is not only helping them 
to reach out and touch someone for 

Christ, but it is fulfilling the desire 
of The Grace Brethren Home 
Missions Council to reach out and 
touch America for Christ. 

Fourth, we are reaching out by 
conducting workshops and seminars. 
New techniques, programs, 

methods and styles of operation are 
continually studied by the Council 
so that we might impart to our men 
and to churches, up-to-date methods 
to win lost souls to Jesus Christ, 
reach the unreached, and ultimately 
do the most we can for God in the 
shortest time possible. It is true 
that we discuss and encourage our 
home mission churches to purchase 
land, build buildings, and attain 
goals of attendance and finances, 
but in our programs of motivation, 
technique, seminars and workshops, 
the supreme goal we have is that we 
might win souls to Jesus Christ. We 
are committed to this ministry and 
we encourage our pastors to never 
lose sight of that goal. Once a year 
we conduct an orientation seminar 
here in Winona Lake, Indiana, for 
those men who are coming out of 
seminary and are looking toward a 
(Continued on page 12) 



11 = 

Reading Between the Lines 

(Continued from page 9) 

Alaska, where John and Ruth Gillis 
in just two years have seen the Lord 
develop a fully self-supporting body 
of believers who have earnest 
money on their pernnanent site. All 
of this before they actually learned 
how to properly fill out the forms, 
but maybe that's why themselves as 
well as Greg Howell and his congre- 
gation in Goldendale, Washington, 
announced their intention to go it 
aloneas of July 1, 1984. 

The ecstacy of victory and the 
agony of defeat are all recorded on 
a few thin sheets of paper but never 
any losers! Such is the nature of a 
ministry commanded of the Lord 
and committed to the Grace Breth- 
ren. Each particular place uniquely 
different but distinctly the same 
with the great common denomi- 
nator of need and the ministry of 
the Gospel. 

Reading between the lines (col- 
umns) helps a little but even with 
this bit of help the story is far too 
fascinating to be recorded in mere 
facts and figures. In reality the real 
story is recorded in the lives of men 
and women whose destinies have 
been affected by the ministry of 
these faithful men and women who 
record their progress on simple 
forms. ■ 

Southern America Is "Reaching 
Out for the Harvest" 

(Continued from page 10) 

We commend Mr. Mutchler and the 
Florida churches for this progres- 
sive dedication in this harvest time. 

The third of Paul's emphases on 
church building seemed to be his 
encouragement of the proper men 
for ministries of the churches. This, 
too, was no second-rate planning. 

We feel the Lord has given us 
special commitment now in the 
pastors that have been called to our 
southern churches. The congrega- 
tions, along with the district and 
national Home Mission boards have 
selected pastors that are building 
with the long established churches a 
future that shows great progress in 
the harvest. 

"Reaching out for the harvest" 
means reaching lovingly for the 
lost. It means planning our minis- 
tries in strategic places, reaching 
the most in the least amount of 
time. This harvest also must be 
reached by the men that are called 
of God. Pray for these pastors. How 
they need our support in these last 

A harvest of souls is being won 
in this kind of planning. The South 
salutes you, the Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches, for 
making this possible. ■ 

Reaching Out in the Eastern Section 
of the United States 

(Continued from page 1 1) 

ministry with the Home Missions 
Council or a pastoral ministry. We 
emphasize to these men the phi- 
losophy of The Grace Brethren 
Home Missions Council of soul 

Fifth, we are reaching out by a 
program of itineration. In the 
eastern division of the United 
States there are almost 140 estab- 
lished churches. We attempt to per- 
sonally appear in as many of these 
churches each year as possible. We 
have a slide tape ministry, a liter- 
ature ministry, a recruitment minis- 
try, and a missions ministry that is 
communicated during this itiner- 
ation presentation. We are depend- 
ent upon congregations, small and 
large, to support the total ministry 
of The Grace Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council. We do as much as we 
can to acquaint pastors and congre- 
gations of the total ministry of The 
Grace Brethren Home Missions 
Council in America. 

We are seriously doing all we can 
to reach out and do the work which 
God has called us to do in the 
eastern division of the United 
States. We are counting on your 
prayers and your full support to 
help us continue to do this thing 
that we know God wants us to do.B 

Consider Your Investments 

So you are saving for the future. Where is your money in- 
vested? Is it in a savings account? A money market certificate? 
An IRA? What returns are you getting? Is it just financial? 

At the Grace Brethren Investment Foundation, your money 
not only earns 6.72 percent continuous interest, you also have 
the satisfaction of knowing your funds are being used to help 
spread the Gospel of Jesus -*?s;&iN-'K^sK 

Christ throughout North 
America with low interest -^y 

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Consider your investments, jfOtHrGn 

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Box 587, Winona Lake, IN 46590; 

Is God's Will 
Expressed in Your Will? 

by Stanley L. Bjornson* 

Director of Stewardship 
The Christian and l\/lissionary Alliance 

The "making of a will" is a simple, straightforward, 
businesslike way of handling your affairs. Moreover, 
it can be an expression of gratitude to the Lord for 
His bountiful goodness and a significant manifesta- 
tion of mature Christian stewardship. Failure to make 
a wfll is to neglect the God-given opportunity pro- 
vided for you to direct in writing the disposition of 
your property at death. 

When there is no will, your family can be caused 
needless inconvenience, costly delay and additional 
expense. To die intestate, without a will, is to allow 
your state or province to decide for you the distri- 
bution of your estate. You might not agree with the 

The law makes no provision for stewardship, nor 
does it provide for the option of appointing a Chris- 
tian guardian for your minor children. These decisions 
are the sole responsibility of each one individually 
and should be made after prayerful and careful con- 

The laws of intestacy vary. For instance, in New 
York State, if the husband dies without a will leav- 
ing a wife and two young children, the wife receives 
one-third of the estate and the children receive two- 
thirds. Since the children are minors, a bonded guard- 
ian must be appointed by the court. Although the 
mother may be the guardian, she must obtain per- 
mission from the court before spending the children's 
share. All expenditures need to be explained to the 
court and a detailed accounting furnished regularly. 

Furthermore, in some places when there is no will, 
assuming there are no children, the spouse shares the 
decedent's estate with parents, brothers or sisters 
and nephews or nieces. Such undue hardship on one's 
family can be avoided by contacting a local attorney 
for assistance in writing a will in accordance with 
local law. 

Entirely apart from the distribution of your 
property, there are many reasons why you should 
have a will. Thoughtful consideration should be given 
in choosing the executor who will manage and settle 
your affairs according to the instruction in your will. 
Selecting an inexperienced person can be costly. 
Someone in whom you have confidence can serve 
without bond. When there is no will, the court ap- 
points a bonded administrator. 

As Christian parents you are entrusted with the 
greatest asset of all— your children. One of the most 
important decisions you will make during your life- 

time is the selec- 
tion of the person to whom you entrust 
the spiritual nurturing of your children. It 
is a decision that cannot be arrived at hastily. 

Yet, when there is no will, this decision, with its 
far-reaching influence, is left up to the court. Why 
should you leave the rearing of your children to the 
appointee of the court or to non-Christian relatives 
when you can direct in writing your individual 

People often say they have no need for a will. 
They say everything they own is held in joint ten- 
ancy with the right of survivorship. To them this 
eliminates the need for a will. True, joint ownership 
will usually transfer property to the survivor without 
much delay. But what about the second death? What 
about simultaneous death? Joint ownership does not 
provide for stewardship, nor does it provide for the 
guardianship of minor children. In fact, when the 
estate is subject to federal estate tax, joint ownership 
can result in needless expense and additional tax. You 
should consult with legal counsel before assuming 
joint ownership is the best approach for you per- 

The writing of a will is the proper function of a 
lawyer. You should not attempt to write your own 
will. Probate laws change sufficiently to necessitate 
the services of a qualified attorney, one who is capa- 
ble of clearly expressing your objectives and thus 
avoiding the pitfalls of a self-written will. 

The federal government has made certain provi- 
sions within the law which encourage gifts through 
your will to the local church, to foreign missions and 
to Christian education. 

Individuals whose children are grown and have es- 
tablished homes have a special opportunity of remem- 
bering Christian causes through Christ-centered estate 
planning. No matter how large or small your estate is, 
you have the opportunity of bequeathing a memorial 
to the Lord's work. Stewardship is more than just 
being accountable for the tithes and offerings brought 
into the storehouse each Lord's day. It is also the 
accountability of what happens to your resources in 
the future. 

You should honor God through your estate. All 
that you have you but hold in trust for the Lord. As 
good stewards of this sacred trust you should give 
careful consideration to the final distribution of your 
possessions with a proper expression of your Chris- 
tian gratitude. Is God's will included in your will? ■ 

* Reprinted by permission 


13 i 

Gather your officers together and have a 
planning session (or day) for the conning 
WMC year. Try to incorporate new ideas for 
involving more of your church's wonnen in 
WMC. Make your meetings creative, chal- 
lenging, and interesting. Plan activities that 
will get your WMC ladies personally involved 
in missions. Here are just a few ideas that 
some WMCs have used: 


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Goal: $10,000 
Send before September 10, 1984 

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generously to this offering so we 

can end this year in the black. 

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\ rte Grace Brethren Annual.; 

BRAZIL October 1 

Rev. Tim Farner October 5 

Rev. George Johnson ' October 8 

Rev. Ed Miller, H ' ' ' ' 'october 12, 1983 

Aaron Green 


Mrs. Sharon Stallter October 22 

Rev. Marvin Goodman October 31 

Rev. BobSkeen 

JAPAN October 10 

Mrs. Nancy Graham 

MEXICO October 11, 1983 

Cristi Sharp 


Mrs. Vivien Ruiz 


Mrs. Imogene Burk October 1? 

Rev. J. Paul Dowdy ' ' October 20 

Mrs. Ruth Snyder 


— A woman in the Lake Odessa, Michigan, WMC gave each lady at WMC a medicine bottle, gift wrapped, 
filled with little papers. There was one paper for each day of the month. On the papers were Scripture 
verses— a spiritual vitamin. 

— One WMC group called a missionary (yes, he was on the field) and had him "talk" at their meeting. 
The ladies in charge had set this up with the missionary before time and had secured a telephone amplifier, 
so the whole group could hear clearly. 

— If your church has a TIME worker or someone involved in short term missions, be sure to use that 
person in your meetings! He (or she) will often have slides to show. 

— One WMC took the responsibility for its church's library. The ladies have organized it, bought new 
books, and are promoting its use. A review of a book in the library appears in the bulletin each Sunday. 

— Write to your missionaries. Become interested in them personally. Share in their lives and let them 
share in yours. Several councils have done personal projects for their missionaries, such as sending maga- 
zines or crafts (to do) to them. 

Make this year your council's best-ever in WMC! 

(Continued from page 5) 

tion is the foundation stone of the whole structure of 
the biblical world view. 

The concept of nature. Nature in this view is the 
handiwork of God. He created it from nothing (Latin, 
ex nihilo) for His own purpose and pleasure. As soon 
as He had done so, however, there existed two 
realms— the spiritual realm of His eternal existence, 
and the material realm of His creation. The first is 
original. The second is derived. God is the master of 
both realms. He and His work are not in conflict. 
Upon the completion of His work of creation God 
pronounced all that He had made "very good" (Gen. 
1:31). Nature is not inherently evil. The element of 
evil came later as a negation of something good. 

The existence or nonexistence of these two realms, 
the order of their priority, and the proper relation- 
ship between them appears to be the basic issue in 
every world view. The source of conflict between all 
theologies and philosophies that differ is at this point 
of origins. This will be more obvious as we examine 
other world views. 

The concept of man. Man was created when God 
took a part of nature, breathed into it a part of His 
spirit, and made man "in the image of God" (Gen. 
1:27). Man, therefore, belongs to both realms. As far 
as we can tell from Scripture, He is the only creature 
who does. 

Being a spirit-person, as God is a spirit-person, man 
is capable of communication and partnership with 
God. Inhabiting a material body he is also related to 
nature, and is capable of influencing and being in- 
fluenced by it. In these capacities he is designated as 
God's representative on earth. He is delegated a 
limited authority over part of the natural realm. He 
will be supervised and held accountable for his work, 
but under God he is responsible for ruling the earth. 

The concept of morality. Morality originally con- 
sisted of simple obedience to God, living in harmony 
with His created design and purpose. All things that a 
man might do were good, except one. He was forbid- 
den to eat from "the tree of the knowledge of good 
and evil" (Gen. 2:17). To do so would be evil, and 
would cause a separation from God resulting in 
death. When man violated this one prohibition he 
brought evil into the world and the sentence of 
separation and death upon the whole human race. 

Here the Bible gives us only glimpses of a great 
mystery, the origin of evil. It reveals the fact that 
God created persons other than man to occupy the 
spirit realm. One of these, a cherub named Lucifer 
("Day-Star"), led a celestial rebellion against God and 
was cast from heaven to earth (Isa. 14:12-15). He be- 
came Satan, the devil, the arch-enemy of God. The 
Bible indicates that many other spirit-persons re- 
belled with him and became the demons of the under- 

Satan's ambition throughout biblical history and 
prophecy is to seize control over nature and to rule as 
nature's god. When Adam submitted to Satan rather 
than to God he surrendered his authority on earth to 


God's enemy. Satan became "the prince of this 
world" (John 12:31). All humans now enter life in a 
hostile kingdom where evil threatens to overthrow 
good. We are called upon to choose sides. Christian 
conversion is to be "rescued . . . from the dominion 
of darkness and brought . . . into the kingdom of the 
Son he (God) loves" (Col. 1:13). Christian morality is 
restored to living in harmony with the character of 
God and His purpose in the created world. 

The concept of history. History as projected by 
God at creation has a purpose. Foreseeing Adam's 
abdication to evil, God planned personally to accept 
His consequent death by entering nature as Adam's 
descendant and dying as "the Lamb that was slain 
from the creation of the world" (Rev. 13:8). Ulti- 
mately God will "bring all things in heaven and on 
earth together under one head, even Christ" (Eph. 
1:10), thus restoring the primal harmony of the 
spiritual and material realms, greatly amplifying 
them, and guaranteeing their restoration as perma- 

In the present time God is taking from all the 
nations "a people for himself" (Acts 15:14). In the 
future He will live with them in "a new heaven and a 
new earth . . . they will be his people, and God him- 
self will be with them and be their God" (Rev. 
21:1-3). History is linear. It moves in one direction 
from a purposeful beginning to an accomplished end. 
It is not reversible nor repeatable. It is the epic of 
God building His eternal kingdom through the lives 
and actions of men. 


You will notice that we have leaped in a single 
bound from the beginning of the Old Testament to 
the end of the New Testament, as though it were all 
one world view. Actually, it is. The only fact added in 
the New Testament that is not in the Old Testament 
is the identification of Jesus of Nazareth as God, the 
creator of the heavens and the earth (John 1:1-3, 14; 
Col. 1:15-20). God in Christ is only completing what 
God in creation purposed to do. 

Biblical Theism now can be called Christian 
Theism. These are synonyms for the same world 
view. God-the-spirit has become God-in-flesh. He now 
belongs to both realms. As the God-man He is ab- 
solute sovereign "in heaven and on earth" (Matt. 

These five concepts are parts of the skeleton of a 
Christian world view. Completing the skeleton, flesh- 
ing it out, and applying it to life will occupy our life- 
time. I believe this view meets the criteria of consist- 
ency, coherency, and correspondence. It is a valid 
world view. 


At the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in 

Washington, D.C., a motion picture called "Living 

Planet" is projected on a huge theatre screen. Viewers 

are taken from scenes of life emerging in a primal rain 

(Continued on page 2 1) 



We give God 
the glory 

for what you're 
about to read . . . 



Thank you for all the opportunities in 
ministry you have given us through 
Timothy Teams, Brethren National 
Youth Conference, Nehemiah Mis- 
sions, Brethren Student Life 
Volunteers and other ministries. They 
have helped to give us the tools we 
needed to continue a ministry in our 
local church. 

We are working with the youth group 
here at York and are hopeful because 
of the fresh excitement in the lives of 
our youth who attended youth con- 

CE holds a very special place in our 
hearts. Thank you, again, for your sup- 
port in our lives through the years. 

Dave and Susan Knepper 
York, PA 


My spiritual growth is at its peak 
since the day I received Christ ten 
years ago. Brethren National Youth 
Conference was the best thing to hap- 
pen to me. 

My spiritual growth is not only 
recognized by my fellow church 
members, but also by my family and 

My Bible studies are more regular 
and meaningful. Lately I have been 
having daily devotions, plus I am study- 
ing Romans. 

So many of my prayers are being 
answered. Before, they would be 
answered too, but now it seems the 
answers are quicker. 

In the past, and before youth con- 
ference, I had difficulty finding a way to 
minister to people. Now I have a way. I 
have been involved in the district com- 
petition in Vocal Solo II for women. I 
had never sung before, until after con- 
ference. During the singing competi- 
tion at conference, so many of the 
songs ministered to me and gave me 
the courage to do something I didn't 
think I could do, and in fact, I am even 
placing first in district competition. 

My spiritual growth is helping me in 
so many ways. My grades in school 
have improved. This is the best ever 
... I am maintaining a B average as a 
part-time college student while still in 
high school. I know that without Christ 
it would be impossible. 

My relationship with my parents is 
very good, too. We have always been 
close, but now we are more like 

Thank you for taking the time, money 
and effort in putting the youth con- 

ference together. 

Michele Gl\ 
Cumberland, *| 


Recently one of our graduates^ 
our youth group) called me to sayj 
was going to have an abortion, i 
something we said at a meeting | 
the love and help she received f j 
last year's Operation Barnabas te] 
stopped her. 

A baby's life was saved! 

If this was the only blessing i 
came out of last year's team, it wo 
have been so worth it. But I know thf 
was so much more. The Lord re 
works through these teens t 

Youth Worker's V 


Last year's youth conference v 
very special to me ... in 1 963 I we 
member of the winning Bible quiz te 
and then last year I coached the v 
ning team. 

In 1 963 I felt like a winner, and 1 1 
like I am still a winner from that quiz2 
experience as I daily and weekly tn 
live the principles I learned from q 




ing. Many special promi| 
' from Philippians and 
le face life's pressures | 
The Lord has a very sp 
ational winners in this te 
3ur or five of them in full 
lod if He continues tc 
On the basis of Psalm 
jstration about success | 
leditate on the Word, 
bout the quizzing prod 
reat formula for succel 
oung person or adult d\ 
e successful? 
1 So on behalf of the tel 
huch for your investmenj 
ie lives of this team. 

1983 North 


I'm so glad that I didn'l 
ipportunity to work at thj 
jiy willingness, God 
|.ver and above my expd 
I I have learned much 
ctivities, but also in \\ 
om and Doris (Julien) 
ions. I see a quick-tc 
ipeak routine in action 











Over 1 000 teens| 
Conference this 
NAC competition 
ciimax at BNYC. 
Chateau of Saint-. 
Institute; and a sal 



hoping to help 

in Christian ed, 

youth, and church growth 



Thank you for all the opportunities in 
ministry you have given us through 
Timothy Teams, Brethren National 
Youth Conference, Nehemiah Mis- 
sions, Brethren Student Life 
Volunteers and other ministries. They 
have helped to give us the tools we 
needed to continue a ministry in our 
local church. 

We are w/orking with the youth group 
here at York and are hopeful because 
of the fresh excitement in the lives of 
our youth who attended youth con- 

CE holds a very special place in our 
hearts. Thank you, again, for your sup- 
port in our lives through the years. 

Dave and Susan Knepper 
York, PA 


My spiritual growth is at its peak 
since the day I received Christ ten 
years ago. Brethren National Youth 
Conference was the best thing to hap- 
pen to me. 

My spiritual growth is not only 
recognized by my fellow church 
members, but also by my family and 

My Bible studies are more regular 
and meaningful. Lately I have been 
having daily devotions, plus I am study- 
ing Romans. 

So many of my prayers are being 
answered. Before, they would be 
answered too, but now it seems the 
answers are quicker. 

In the past, and before youth con- 
ference, I had difficulty finding a way to 
minister to people. Now I have a way. I 
have been involved in the district com- 
petition in Vocal Solo II for women. I 
had never sung before, until after con- 
ference. During the singing competi- 
tion at conference, so many of the 
songs ministered to me and gave me 
the courage to do something I didn't 
think I could do, and in fact, I am even 
placing first in district competition. 

My spiritual growth is helping me in 
so many ways. My grades in school 
have improved. This is the best ever 
... I am maintaining a B average as a 
part-time college student while still in 
high school. I know that without Christ 
it would be impossible. 

My relationship with my parents is 
very good, too. We have always been 
close, but now we are more like 

Thank you for taking the time, money 
and effort In putting the youth con- 

ference together. 

Michele Gr, 


Recently one of our graduates^ 
our youth group) called me to say ^ 
was going to have an abortion. , 
something we said at a meeting ^ 
the love and help she received h 
last year's Operation Barnabas t^ 
stopped her. 

A baby's life was saved! 

If this was the only blessing t 
came out of last year's team. It wo 
have been so worth it. But I know th' 
was so much more. The Lord re; 
works through these teens i 

Youth Worker's M 


Last year's youth conference v 
very special to me ... in 1 963 I wa 
member of the winning Bible quiz te 
and then last year I coached the v 
ning team. 

In 1 963 I felt like a winner, and I f 
like I am still a winner from that quizz 
experience as I daily and weekly try 
live the principles I learned from qi 


zing Many special promises, especial- 
ly from Phllippians and Romans, help 
me face life's pressures In God's way. 

The Lord has a very special group of 
nafional winners in this team. I can see 
four or five of them in full-time work for 
God if He continues to lead in that 

On the basis of Psalm one and the il- 
lustration about success for those who 
meditate on the Word, I am excited 
about the quizzing program. What a 
great formula for success. And what 
young person or adult doesn't want to 
be successful? 

So on behalf of the team, thanks so 
much for your investment for eternity in 
the lives of this team. 

Elaine Wiley 

1983 Northeastern Ohio 

Quiz Coach 


I'm so glad that I didn't pass up this 
opportunity to work at the Chateau. By 
my willingness, God has blessed me 
over and above my expectations. 

I have learned much through daily 
activities, but also in just observing 
Tom and Doris (Julien) making deci- 
sions. I see a quick-to-hear/slow-to- 
speak routine in action and appreciate 

the wisdom applied in those situations. 
f\/lany friendships are being built here 
already and I'm working on French 
when I have the opportunity. For now, 
au revoir . . . 

Marilyn Austin 
1984 TIME Worker 
Saint-Albain, France 


Our time spent in the Euro-lvlissions 
Institute was life-changing. We will 
never be the same. I have finally come 
to grips with what the Great Commis- 
sion is all about. I realize now that in 
order to have a vision for those im- 
mediately around us, we must first 
have a worldwide vision. 

Lord willing, we would like to go back 
to France and minister in church 

Brian Kern 
1983 EMI Participant 


"I was really touched by the friends 
and relationships I developed. You've 
done an excellent job." 

"I didn't realize how much I need- 
ed a time like this. I thought I'd end up 

with a lot of good programs, but in- 
stead I received a lot of good soul 
searching. Thanks for everything!" 

"This was a tremendous week. I 
have gained so much from the leaders 
and fellow youth workers. We have 
been given many excellent ideas to im- 
plement! " 

Comments From 
1984 Participants 


I am so appreciative of what GBC 
Christian Education is doing in our 
Fellowship to give our young people 
something that is real and vital, 
something that really meets their 
needs and gets them involved and 
highly committed. I want to encourage 
you to continue the good work you are 
doing and to know that it is greatly ap- 

Don Ogden 
Winona Lake, IN 


What a tremendous impact Timothy 
Teams had on our parents and teens! 
As youth pastor, I was thrilled to see 
families discussing forgiveness, to see 
teens appreciating their parents in 

fresh ways. There's been a real gap bet- 
ween what our ministry to parents should 
have been and what it has been, but you 
have filled that gap in a dynamic way. 

We feel privileged as a church family to 
have had you here and to have been the 
prototype for this ministry to parents. Our 
folks have a new appreciation for CE in 
general and for Timothy Teams in par- 

Sruce Barlow 
Martinsburg, PA 


"Operation Barnabas has taught me how 
to be pleasing in the eyes of the Lord — 
through OBEDIENCE. " 

"Barnabas has shown me that I'm not the 
only person in the world who wants to 
serve God. Back home I've often felt like I 
was the only teenager wanting to live for 
Christ, but now I've found out that there are 
other brothers too!" 

"Through Barnabas, I know what full-time 
ministry is all about. It's serving God every 
day and starting with your own church, 
family, community and friends." 

"(vlinistry with Operation Barnabas has 
been a life-changing experience. Not 
because I belonged to a group, but 
because this summer I learned to give 
Christ my life and let Him work through me. 

-►We've Received 

For the first time, I've learned to check my 
motives and serve God for the right 

7 983 Operation Barnabas Teens 


Donna (Operation Barnabas alumna) is 
really trying to grow and use what she's 
learning. Through her lifestyle and conver- 
sations, her Latin teacher became in- 
terested in our church and, along with her 
husband and two daughters, accepted 

Barbara Courier 
Operation Barnabas 
Follow-up Discipler 


"This course gave helpful, practical ideas 
for ministry to youth. The projects were an 
excellent means of making our knowledge 
applicable to daily living." 

"Great class! Lots of terrific ideas. The 
special speakers were helpful. Overall, the 
course was one of the most practical I have 
had. Thanks!" 

"Thanks for your enthusiasm and insight 
into youth. I've already found use for many 
of the ideas. Keep up the good work!" 

Responses From Students 


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Over 1000 teens attended Brethren National Youth 
Conference this year. Bible quizzing (far left) and 
NAC competition are some of CE's ministries that 
climax at BNYC. Right: 1984 Timothy Teams; the 
Chateau of Saint-Albain, location of Euro-Missions 
Institute; and a sampling of CE products. 

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Roy Halberg 

President of Board of Directors 

We praise God for the impact of tfiis ministry. 

Next, we thank you. Your prayers and financial 
support make our ministry possible. Thank you for 
sharing in this exciting work. 

And what's more exciting than shaping the 
future of young people! 

Operation Barnabas — discipling and training 59 
senior high teens through the summer . . . Timothy 
Teams — giving 48 Grace College and Seminary 
students experience in youth ministry . . . 
TII\/IE/EMI — exposing 45 young adults to mis- 
sions and allowing God to use that as direction in 
their lives . . . Brethren National Youth Conference 
— a tremendous week of challenge for 1 000 + 
young people . . . Sf^M — discipling young girls 
throughout our Fellowship ... all are great 
ministries! God is using these and other CE 
ministries to impact many lives. 

But it doesn't work without people. People like 
Ed and Brad and their staff in the office. And peo- 
ple like you . . . praying . . . giving . . . spending 
time with teens in your church . . . discipling and 
encouraging them as they grow. 

Thank you for your part in our ministry. 


Wouldn't it be great if someone gave us one million 
dollars! One person, completely underwriting our 

We'd never experience the financial pinch again. We 
could expand our ministry as rapidly as desired. 

No more letters asking for money! No need to ask you 
to ask God to supply our needs. No need to trust God . . . 

Now it sounds sour! 

We don't want a million dollar gift! $5, $50, $100, 
$10,000 . . . yes! 

By avoiding the one big gift, God is allowing many to 
join in this ministry. And as a team, we share in the 
struggles as well as the joys. Together, we're able to 
see God supply our needs . . . giving us exactly what 
we need. Together, we're learning to trust God for the 
resources necessary to expand and develop this 

Thank you for being a part of this ministry team. 


1 983-84 Comparison 
As of June 28, 1984 

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D '83 Actual D '84 Actual D Current Need* j 

* Based on a 1 984 need of $1 1 0,000 in general offerings. J 

GBC Christian Education 



(Continued from page 16) 

forest, through seas alive with fish, over plains team- 
ing with animals, across arctic wastes and burning 
deserts. The scenes progress to island and river vil- 
lages, to cities crowded with skyscrapers, freeways, 
cars, and people. Finally through the eye of the 
camera we are launched into space. As the earth re- 
cedes into a big blue and white marble, the narrator 
says, "At last, we see it whole." 

What we see as a new view of the world is the view 
God has had all the time. In the same way, I think the 
Christian world view is simply seeing the world the 
way God sees it. We may be deeply involved with the 
many details of life, but the details in themselves have 
no meaning until we see them in their relationship 
with all the other details— until "we see it whole." 


The practical value of a world view can be tested 
only when it is applied to life. As Christians we 
should be concerned about the way we live as much 
as we are about what we believe; "Show me your 
faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by 
what I do" (James 2:18). James Sire reminds us: 'To 
be a Christian theist is not just to have an intellectual 
world view; it is to be a person committed to the in- 
finite-personal Lord of the universe. And it leads to 
an examined life that is well worth the living. •'■'^ 

The application of our Christian world view to our 
relationship with God is, of course, primary. Evan- 
gelical preachers, teachers and writers have been 
working on this area for a long time; so I am going to 
assume that our devotional lives, our public worship, 
and our church ministries are already in shape. If they 
are not, there is much help available from other 

However, the broader application of our Christian 
world view to social responsibilities, vocations, arts, 
and sciences is only now emerging as a major concern 
of evangelical Christians in the twentieth century. 
Francis Schaeffer has done as much as any person in 
our time to raise the world view consciousness of the 
evangelical church. He says in summarizing his 
twenty-one previous books: 

Throughout all of my work there is a common uni- 
fying theme which I would define as "the Lordship of 
Christ in the totality of life." If Christ is indeed Lord, 
he must be Lord of all of life— in spiritual matters, of 
course, but just as much across the whole spectrum of 
life, including intellectual matters and areas of cul- 
ture, law, and government. ^2 

Other books to help us in this application are now 
being written. A series of Studies in Christian World 
View is being produced by the Institute for Advanced 
Christian Studies (IFACS), Box 95496, Chicago, Illi- 
nois 60690. Carl F. H. Henry is Editor-in-chief of this 
ten volume series. Volume one. Contours of a World 
View, by Arthur Holmes, and volume two, Christiani- 
ty and Contemporary Ptiilosopfiy, by Keith Yandell, 
are now available and are cited in this study. The 
other eight volumes in preparation consider the Chris- 
tian world view in its application to psychology, eco- 

nomics, natural science, eastern religions, arts, history, 
contemporary God-concepts, and literature. 

Another series. Contours of Christian Philosophy, 
edited by C. Stephan Evans, is being published by 
InterVarsity Press. Volumes on Epistemology, by 
David L. Wolfe, and on IVIetaptiysics, by William 
Hasker (cited above) are now available. Volumes on 
Ethics and on Philosophy of Religion are projected 
for 1984. If you are concerned enough about seeing 
life whole to have read this far in this study, I hope 
you will also read these greater works. The under- 
standing and application of a Christian world view 
must become the Christian's lifetime vocation. 


A final consideration to be made is the role of 
human will in choosing a world view. We saw above 
that every world view begins with assumptions chosen 
by faith, and that Kenneth Pike argues this is a moral 
choice. He further suggests that giving up non-Christian 
assumptions and accepting Christian assumptions is 
another way of describing the new birth. He para- 
phrases Jesus' arguments to Nicodemus: 

I cannot explain this because you have no frame of 
reference In which answers make any sense . . . You 
will have to reject your old system as such and you 
will have to dive into this new one . . . You will just 
have to take it and start all over again, although it 
smashes your personal philosophical system to bits. 13 
A world view cannot be taken piecemeal. It is all 
or nothing. You must begin by a faith commitment 
to the basic assumptions with a willingness to live out 
their implications in every area of life. Paul seems to 
have had something like this in mind when he called 
for a total response to the Gospel in Romans 12:1-2. 
This response included (1) a body dedicated to the 
service of God, (2) a mind renewed in the understand- 
ing and worship of God, and (3) a life transformed in 
obedience to God as essential to our witness to God's 
living presence in the world. Anything less than this 
total world view response is not totally Christian. 

The Christian world view comprehends all that 
exists. If it is true all other views are false. Dorothy 
Sayers insists that "Christianity . . is first and fore- 
most a rational explanation of the universe."-^'* If you 
are not a Christian, I doubt that the universe makes 
much sense to you. If it does not, I urge you to aban- 
don your non-Christian assumptions, commit yourself 
to the God of the Bible who became man in Jesus 
Christ, and experience the satisfaction of living in 
harmony with the One who makes the universe make 
sense— who makes "all things hold together" (Col. 
1:17). Then join your fellow Christians in our 
struggle to integrate every area of our lives with the 
world view that proclaims the absolute Lordship of 
Jesus Christ. ■ 


■'^John Godfrey Saxe's version, The Blind Men and the Ele- 
phant (New York: McGraw Hill, 1963) 

(Continued on page 22) 




(Continued from page 21) 

^Lillian Quigley— retold by. The Blind Men and the Ele- 
phant (New York: Charles Scrlbner & Sons, 1959) 

^Kenneth L. Pike, With Heart and Mind: a Personal Syn- 
thesis of Scholarship and Devotion (Grand Rapids: 
Eerdmans, 1962), pp. 90-91 

'*Keith E. Yandell, Christianity and Philosophy (Grand 

Rapids: Eerdmans, 1984), p. 270 
^William Hasker, Metaphysics: Constructing a World View 

(Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1983), p. 28 
^Arthur F. Holmes, Contours of a World View (Grand 

Rapids: Eerdmans, 1983), p. 51 
^Yandell, op c/f. p. 276 
® Holmes, ibid 
^VandeW, ibid 
l°Yandell, op. c/t., p. 28 

■'■^James W. Sire, The Universe Next Door: A Basic World 
View Catalog (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 
1976), p. 214 
■'^Francis A. Schaeffer, 777e Great Evangelical Disaster 

Westchester: Crossway Books, 1984), p. 12 
^3pike, op. cit., pp. 22-23 

■^^Dorothy L. Sayers, "Creed or Chaos" in Christian Letters 
to a Post-Christian World (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 
1969), p. 31 


Further studies in this series: 

Part 2, The Nature of Naturalism 

Part 3, World View Variations on Two Themes 

Part 4, Restoring Biblical Concepts of God 

Further reading 

Barcus, Nancy B., Developing a Christian Mind (Downers 

Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1979) 
Blamires, Harry, On Christian Truth (Ann Arbor: Servant 

Books, 1983) 

The Christian Mind (Ann Arbor: Servant Books, 1978) 

Henry, Carl F. H., God, Revelation and Authority, vo\ume I, 

"God Who Speaks and Shows: Preliminary Considera- 
tions" (Waco: Word Books, 1976) 
The Christian Mindset in a Secular Society (Portland: 

Multnomah Press, 1984) 
Holmes, Arthur F., All Truth Is God's Truth (Grand Rapids: 

Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1977) 
Houston, James M., / Believe in the Creator (Grand Rapids: 

Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1980) 
Lewis, C. S., God in the Dock— Essays on Theology and 

Ethics, Walter Hooper, Ed. (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. 

Eerdmans, 1970) 
The Abolition of Man (New York: Macmillan Pub. Co., 

Pinnock, Clark H., Reason Enough (Downers Grove: Inter- 
Varsity Press, 1980) 
Schaeffer, Francis A., Escape from Reason (Chicago: Inter- 
Varsity Press, 1968) 
The God Who Is There (Downers Grove: InterVarsity 

Press, 1968) 
He Is There and He Is Not Silent (Wheaton: Tyndale 

House Pub., 1972) 
How Should We Then Live? (Old Tappan: Fleming H. 

Revell Co., 1976) 
Sire, James W., How to Read Slowly: A Christian Guide to 

Reading with the Mind (Downers Grove: InterVarsity 

Press, 1978) 
Smith, Robert W., ed., Christ and the Modern Mind (Downers 

Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1972) 
Wolterstorff , Nicholas, Reason Within the Bounds of Religion 

(Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., 1976) 

V/e're Not Just Mdling Our Thumbs 

The retirement for Brethren pastors was mandated by national con- 
ference in 1948. Since that time many retired pastors have benefited 
from the program by receiving monthly checl<s. At the present time: 

— 51 Brethren pastors are active in the program and contributing 
their share of contributions to the board. 

— 87 churches are enrolled in the program with 51 of these 
actively contributing with monthly, quarterly, semi-annual or 
annual contributions. 

— 20 retired pastors and 16 widows are receiving monthly checks 
from this retirement board. 

— $2,678.57 in checks are sent each month from the board's re- 
tirement fund to these retired pastors and widows. 

These are the bare facts involved in the operation of the Board of 
Retirement. There is no secret source of income, just faithful churches 
and members of churches sending in their help because they sense the 
urgency of the need and want to help. More help is needed in the 
future if this program is to continue. 

Help us do our job by sending your checks to Pastor Clair E. Brickel, 
14319 Brookville-Pyrmont Rd., Brookvllle, OH 45309 




Nancy Messner, Grace Graduate 
Introduces Piano Course 

Nancy Messner is certainly not a 
stranger to the Brethren Church. The 
daughter of a Brethren pastor, a graduate 
of Grace College, and a person who has 
made numerous appearances at the piano 
of many Brethren churches. Nancy has 
also played at our national conference 
several different years. 

When Nancy is at the piano, people 
just have to notice that she is a brilliant 
keyboard artist and arranger. She main- 
tains a private studio where she trains 
church pianists. Many of our people have 
had opportunity to attend her special in- 
struction sessions at national conference. 

Nancy is the wife of Rev. Robert 
Messner, who is Field Services Manager 
for Scripture Press Publications of 
Wheaton, Illinois. He covers the nation 
supervising the curriculum representatives 
of Scripture Press. The Messners have a 
new Zondervan album, "God's Majesty 
and Might." It features piano arrange- 

ments by Nancy and Bob on trombone. 

However, the new project is called 
"Hands in Haromny" by Nancy which 
features a ten-lesson guide to accompany 
congregational singing. It has been pro- 
duced by Sound Projections and is just 
available. It has a cassette and a book 
which permits the lessons to be followed 
by instruction of listening as well as the 
aid of the written materials. The new 
ten-lesson instructions have been in the 
works for some time and the material 
has been requested by many who have 
heard Nancy. 

The Messners will be a part of the 
national conference program; but if you 
want to reach her at her home, contact 
her at 21 S. Genesee Ave., Pontiac, 
Michigan 48053. The "Hands in Har- 
mony" sets will also be available at the 
Herald Bookstore. The cost for the set is 
$29.95. You may call toll-free for your 
order at 1 -800-348-2756. ■ 

i AUGUST '84 


Hepatitus B Vaccine 
Special Project 

The vaccines await transport to bush dispensaries. 

by Carolyn Kodear 

I'd like to share about the vaccine program sponsored by our 
medical work in the Central African Republic. Many people in 
the States have helped to support this program. 

Every eight w/eeks we (a medical team) visit each dispensary- 
some by road, some by air. Twenty-one of our 23 dispensaries 
and three of our six sub-dispensaries are participating. 

The vaccines being given are: DPT, polio, and measles vaccines 
to all three-month to two-year olds who are in our baby clinic. 
This is paid for by the medical work. 

In addition, we are giving tetanus shots free to the nurses and 
our Bible School students and their families. This is supplied 
through RAB (Relief Agency Brethren) funds. Hepatitis B vacci- 
nations were given to all our nurses, and RAB funds were used. 

So far we have vaccinated 2,500 children, 400 doses of tetanus 
have been given, and 102 nurses have received the hepatitis vac- 

Rabies and snake serum are also included in the program. We 
use RAB funds to pay one-half of the cost of the vaccine; patients 
then pay only for the medicine itself. They pay nothing for 
nurses' salaries, syringes, transportation, and so forth. 

These vaccines wouldn't be available if they weren't partially 
subsidized by RAB. We just wouldn't have enough money to keep 
a supply. Rabies and snake serum cost $20-$25 a treatment 
(three-quarters of a month's salary for an African common 

Thank you, those who have helped. Our dispensaries provide a 
way to reach many people with the Gospel. We minister not only 
to physical needs but also, and more importantly, to spiritual 

In the September 1983 Issue of 
the Herald appeared an article in 
tribute to a medical evangelist In 
the Central African Republic. This 
young man, as well as many other 
specially trained men and women In 
our church medical program are 
continually at risk of developing 
hepatitis due to their daily ex- 
posure to sick people. 

After years of training to be- 
come leaders. It is a real loss when 
disease takes one from us . . . espe- 
cially if it is disease which is pre- 
ventable by immunization. 

Hepatitis can be fatal. The 
medical evangelist mentioned above 

In recent months a vaccine to 
protect against Hepatitis "B" has 
been perfected by and is available 
through the Institute Pasteur In 
Bangui. Our missionaries all re- 
ceived the vaccine. But the cost is 
too much for the African Church 
medical program to fund, and the 
average national can't afford It. 

The cost is about $60 for a series 
of three monthly injections. (The 
program requires booster injections 
in one year and every five years 

About 100 national medical 
workers are trained or are In train- 
ing who are constantly In contact 
with sick people. They all are now 
Immunized against Hepatitis B (fol- 
low-up booster shots are their re- 

Many people contributed to this 
vaccine program; some through 
special gifts, others through Relief 
Agency Brethren (RAB). The 
amount of $7,500 was used for vac- 
cine programs In the Central 
African Republic; $6,500 were 

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from RAB funds, the rest from 
special project gifts. 

The Hepatitis B Vaccine Pro- 
gram received $6,000. Thus, all the 
national medical evangelists and 
nurses received their vaccinations. 
A total of $1,500 went to the 
General Vaccine Program which 
subsidized the cost of other vac- 
cines for Africans. 

Thanks to your gifts, these vac- 
cine programs are now completed. 
The medical missionaries in the 
C.A.R. thank you, as does Grace 
Brethren Foreign Missions. A 
special thank you comes from the 
general director of the medical 
work in the C.A.R. 

Thanks again for your help. ■ 

(GBFMS editor's note: Funds can 
still be designated for RAB. These 
funds are used to help people 
around the world. In the past RAB 
funds have been used to help 
people in Cambodia, flood victims, 
medical relief agencies, and famine 
sufferers. RAB provides a means 
for Grace Brethren people to give 
toward worthy world needs and 
disaster victims. Thank you for 
your support.) 

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:^0 AUGUST '84 FIMS: 

We're Looking for Some 

Clay Pots \^^ 

by Barbara Hulse 

On my first furlough home from 
Brazil in 1962, I visited relatives 
that I hadn't seen in many, many 
years. Referring to my having gone 
to Brazil, a cousin commented that 
she wasn't good enough to do 
something like that. 

I was so shocked at the idea that 
I was good, that I became tongue- 
tied. Before I could speak, the sub- 
ject was changed and I lost the op- 
portunity to explain otherwise. 

Through the years I've encoun- 
tered very similar ideas among 
many Christians. We missionaries, 
who know ourselves and our fellow 
workers pretty well, know that it 
just isn't true! In fact, there are 
days when I think that the Lord 
must have picked the worst of the 
bunch to send as missionaries. (Re- 
member, I'm including myself.) 

Perhaps Luke 7:47 would bear 
that out: "Wherefore I say unto 
thee, her sins, which are many, are 
forgiven, for she loved much: but 
to whom little is forgiven, the same 
loveth little." Being chief sinners, 
we have been forgiven much, 
therefore we love Christ much. His 
love constrains us not to live for 
ourselves but for Him who died for 
us and rose again. 

Are there any chief sinners look- 
ing for a place to express their love 
for Christ. You'd find many oppor- 
tunities to do that here in Brazil. 

Remember Gideon? The lights 
of his 300 soldiers were hidden 
until they broke the clay pitchers. 

Several times in God's Word be- 
lievers are referred to as clay vessels, 
and we have the Light of the World 
shining out to others. 

"For God, who commanded the 
light to shine out of darkness, hath 
shined in our hearts, to give the 
light of knowledge of the glory of 
God in the face of Jesus Christ. But 
we have this treasure in earthen 
vessels, that the excellency of the 
power may be of God, and not of 
us" (2 Cor. 4:6-7). 

The Lord of the harvest once 
asked, "Whom shall I send and who 
will go for us?" 

Years back I met an M.K. who 
had just learned to roller skate. 
Parents and friends were thrilled. 
You see, the boy had a mild cerebral 
palsy and the doctor had said, 
"Don't even buy the skates— he will 
never skate!" 

A few months ago I encountered 
the mother of that M.K. She was 
making a trip to a fast-growing 
Brazilian town to rent a house for 
that same son and his family, who 
are now missionaries. Her comment 
to me was 1 Corinthians 1 :27: "But 
God hath chosen the foolish things 

of the world to confound the wise; 
and God hath chosen the weak 
things of the world to confound the 
things which are mighty." 

Both spiritism and Oriental medi- 
tation religions have become very 
strong in Brazil. They have two 
things in common: the teaching of 
reincarnation and appeal to man's 
pride claiming "intelligence"; while 
putting down as ignorant anyone 
who believes the Bible. 

How desperately we need some 
weak, foolish missionaries who will 
allow Christ to demonstrate His 
strength and wisdom through them 
while they take the Gospel to the 
lost in Brazil (2 Cor. 12:9-10). 

Dear Father, 

We don't want a "few good 
men," but will You please send 
some chief sinners who have been 
forgiven much and therefore love 
much? Send some weak things 
through whom You will demon- 
strate Your wisdom and strength. 
We need some broken clay vessels 
who will reveal Your light that it 
might penetrate the spiritual dark- 
ness in Brazil. In Your name, 
AMEN. ■ 

South Brazil needs missionaries for chiurcii planting and leader- 
ship training ministries. This includes youth and music as special 
ministries, but not exclusive assignments. If interested, please write: 
Rev. Tim Farner, Field Superintendent, Rua Joao XXIII No. 520, 
Uberlandia, Minas Gerais, Brazil or Grace Brethren Foreign Missions, 
P. 0. Box 588, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 




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Many resources are avail- 
able for all these sugges- 
tions. Grace Brethren For- 
eign Missions has pamphlets, 
prayer letters, brochures, 
pictures, and world maps 
available upon request. Your 
public and church libraries 
have a multitude of informa- 
tion in books, records, maga- 
zines, and even filmstrips. 
These suggestions are sized 3x5 
to be cut and filed for future 
reference and use in your home 
or church. 


It's an C^ 

by Jane Fretz 

Appointee to Germany 


The word conjures up the image 
of a too serious face peering with 
nervous professionalism over a 
patient's charts. 

'The diagnosis is obvious!" his 
voice cracks. "Your symptoms fit 
the textbook analysis of the illness 
perfectly." His voice deepens, "I 
prescribe . . . ." 

Sometimes missionary interns 
bear too much resemblance to the 
medical stereotype above. By their 
well-meaning blunders they help 
their senior pastors learn patience 
and tolerance. Yet, this time of 
practical experience is essential to 
the fledgling missionary. 

There are four groups of people 
vitally interested and involved in 
making this bird fly. The first group 
is the local church. Ideally, he or 
she will be their missionary. He is 
the fulfillment of a part of their 
commitment to the Great Commis- 

People, what can you do? Accept 
him. Don't leave it up to the pastor 
to make him feel welcome. Initiate 
close ties. Seek to know his con- 
cerns, his hurts, his hopes. Knit 
your heart to his and catch the 
vision that God has put inside his 

Care for him. Even though he 
comes as a servant, he also often 
comes with a wife, two children, 
and a debt from his seminary train- 
ing. An extra beef roast or new 
shoes for the kids are often much- 

appreciated. Even more encourag- 
ing is honest praise for work well 

Next to the people, the pastor 
is most concerned for the success 
of this 'Timothy" for whom he is 
responsible. The intern is at an 
awkward stage. Much like an ado- 
lescent who has grown to manly 
height but has not acquired the full 
coordination of his muscles, the 
intern may spend some time stum- 
bling about. 

Pastor, what can you do? Judge 
when to guide step-by-step and 
when to send him out on his own. 
Know when to praise, when to re- 
direct, and when to reprove with 
gentleness. Keep in mind the goals 
of church planting and teach the in- 
tern how to achieve those goals. See 
this man or woman not as another 
drain on your already precious time 
and energy— see him as God's exten- 
sion of your own ministry, teaching 
the faithful to train others also. 

The third group that wants to 
see the missionary intern soar is the 
Grace Brethren Foreign iVlissionary 
Society. Their part is quality con- 

trol. Sometimes they seem to be 
putting one obstacle after another 
in the path. But like the butterfly, 
the intern needs to struggle to shed 
his cocoon in order to have strength 
for the life that is to come. 

Foreign Missionary Society, 
what can you do? Keep up what 
you are doing— testing personality 
traits, language learning skills, 
abilities to adapt; and looking at 
levels of commitment and effective- 
ness of ministry. Provide opportuni- 
ties for internships in involved, 
committed churches. Communicate 
with prospective candidates and 
prepare them for the obstacle 
course. Cut international red tape 
and offer information on technical 
details of moving and living in an- 
other country. Give as accurate a 
view of their future ministry as pos- 
sible. To be forewarned is to be 

The person who cares the most 
about the mission is the intern him- 
self. Even though his desire is to 
serve, his self-esteem is also 
wrapped up in his ability to be an 
effective minister of Christ. 

Intern, what can you do? Hum- 
ble yourself before you need to be 
humbled by someone else. Talk 
much less than you listen. Be one 
who accepts correction gracefully. 
Work faithfully and share your 

What can we all do? Forgive his 
mistakes and applaud his successes. 
The time will come during those 
first few years on the mission field 
when he will have courage to keep 
going only from the memories of 
the people who loved him and be- 
lieved in him enough to send him 
into God's foreign mission service. 

Yes, the missionary intern is at 
an awkward stage. He has much 
training, but little practical experi- 
ence. He is anxious to get to the 
mission field, but knows experience 
and growth is needed in many 

He needs our support and 
prayers. ■ 

(GBFMS editor's note: If your 
church is interested in playing an 
important role in a missionary in- 
tern's life, contact the Director of 
Personnel at Grace Brethren For- 
eign Missions.) 







Caylor Scholarship 

Dr. and Mrs. Truman E. Caylor are presently re- 
siding in Bluffton, Indiana, where Dr. Caylor has 
practiced medicine for many years. The Cayior- 
Nickel Research Institute in Bluffton bearing his 
name is a standing tribute to his interest in helping 
people suffering from physical ailments. Dr. Caylor 
has been a member of Dr. Kent's President's Com- 
mittee for 11 years. IVlrs. Suzanne Caylor originally 
obtained a degree in economics. After working in the 
economic research department of United Airlines, 
IVlrs. Caylor later became interested in teaching and 
returned to North Western University to obtain her 
teaching certificate. She taught in many different 
situations over a course of years including a coopera- 
tive vocational high school in Dayton, Ohio. It was 
here that she taught students who came from humble 
circumstances but were willing to work in order to 
get an education. 

As a result of this experience, IVlrs. Caylor had an 
increasing desire to help needy young people who 
were also willing to put forth effort on their own to 
obtain an education. The Lord has made it possible 
for this vision to be realized at Grace College through 
the Suzanne B. Caylor Scholarship Fund. This 
scholarship endowment will be funded by a life in- 
surance policy, naming Grace Schools as the bene- 
ficiary. It is anticipated that when fully funded the 
Suzanne B. Caylor Scholarship Fund will give assist- 
ance to many selected needy Grace students each 
year who are willing also to do their part in obtaining 
an education. For those students, we say "Thank 

News Notes 

Grace Grad Booms 

by Denny Brown 

What types of careers does one prepare for at 
Grace? Teaching, business, Christian ministry, 
research, nursing, nuclear power . . . ? Wait a minute! 
IMuclear power? Does Grace College offer a major in 
nuclear power? Well, no, but our first alumnus to 
enter the world of nuclear energy has done so 
through the United States Navy. 

Ensign Ron Smith (1982 B.S. cum laude) entered 
officer's candidate school at Newport, Rhode Island, 
in June of 1982. Since receiving his commission as an 
officer in the United States Navy, Ron has received 
additional training at Nuclear Power School in 



Years of Service Honored 

Orlando, Florida; Nuclear Power Engineering School 
in Idaho Falls, Idaho; Subnnarine School in Groton, 
Connecticut; and is presently stationed at Charles- 
town, South Carolina. Sandwiched between these 
tours of duty was another big step for Ensign Smith: 
he was nnarried to Miss Julie Lesh, also a graduate of 
Grace College. Julie is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. 
Jack Lesh of La Porte City, Iowa. Ron is now on a 
three-year tour of duty aboard the U.S.S. Mariano G. 

I recently spent time with Ron and Julie and I was 
impressed with the way they were handling the pres- 
sures of military life, travel, and new friends as well as 
being newlyweds; Ron reflected how unusual it seems 
that a small-town boy from a Grace Brethren church 
in Armagh, Pennsylvania, now has all these opportun- 
ities before him. In a personal interview with Admiral 
Hyman Rickover, Ron was asked repeatedly if he 
thought a student from Grace College could get into 
such a high level program. Ron answered "yes" every- 
time. Ron feels the more than adequate preparation 
by the Grace College math and science departments 
played a large part in his acceptance into the 

Pray for Ron and Julie and their life starting out 

The annual Grace Schools Recognition Banquet 
for faculty and staff took place Friday, May 18, at 
the Grace College Dining Commons. 

Honored for 5 years of service were: Miss Janet 
Hoxworth, Loan Clerk; Mrs. Jo Anne Taylor, School 
Nurse; Mrs. Lora Chapman, Accounts Payable Clerk. 
Dr. W. Merwin Forbes, Associate Professor of Biblical 
Studies; Mr. Richard Woodring, Student Employment 

Front row, left to right: Miss Janet Hoxworth, Mrs. Jo Anne 
Taylor, and Mrs. Lora Chapman. Back row, left to right: Dr. 
W. Merwin Forbes, Mr. Richard Woodring, Mr. Ronald 
dinger. Dr. R. Larry Overstreet, Dr. D. Wayne Knife, and Mr. 
Ted Chapman. 

Mr. Robert Mathisen (left), and Mr. Arthur Davis (right 

Coordinator; Mr. Ronald Clinger, Director of Busi- 
ness Affairs; Dr. R. Larry Overstreet, Associate Pro- 
fessor of Homiletics; Dr. D. Wayne Knife, Professor 
of Old Testament; Mr. Ted Chapman, Physical Plant. 
Not pictured are Mrs. Margaret Boozel, Associate Pro- 
fessor of Nursing; and Mrs. Julie Davis, former secre- 
tary to the Registrar. 

Professors honored for 10 years of service were Dr. 

(Continued on page 34) 



33 1 



Mr. Robert Ibach (left), and Mr. Roland Felts (right). 


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Mr. Harold Witzky (left), and Mrs. Miriam Uphouse 

(Continued from page 33 j 

Robert Mathisen, Professor of History; and Mr. 
Arthus Davis, Associate Professor of Art. Not pic- 
tured, Dr. S. Wayne Beaver, Associate Professor of 

Receiving awards for 15 years of service were iVlr. 
Robert ibacli, Jr., Director of Libraries; and IVlr. W. 
Roland Felts, Associate Profesor of Music. 

Mr. Harold Witzky, Assistant Director of Physical 
Plant; and Mrs. Miriam Uphouse, Associate Dean of 
Students at Grace College, were honored for 20 years 
of service. They will be retiring at the close of the 

Dr. E. William Male, Seminary Dean and Professor 
of Christian Education, received a watch for 25 years 
of service to Grace Schools. 

Honored for 30 years of service were: Mr. R. 
Wayne Snider, Professor of History; Dr. Jesse 
Humberd, Professor of Science and Mathematics; and 
Mr. Donald Ogden, Professor of Music. ■ 

Dr. E. William Male 

Oops! Our Mistake . . . 

Gregory Allan Stamm was inadvertently 
omitted from the graduation list appearing 
in the June issue of the Herald. A member of 
the Worthington Grace Brethren Church, 
Columbus, Ohio, he graduated from Grace 
Theological Seminary with a Master of 
Theology degree. 

Left to right; Mr. R. Wayne Snider, Dr. Jesse Humberd, and Mr. Donald 




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D Ron Welsh began his ministry as pastor of the 
Englewood (OH) Grace Brethren Church on April 8. 
His address is 1100 Taywood Rd., Parkville Apt. 55, 
Englewood, OH 45322. 

DThe First Brethren Church of Dallas Center, lA, 
has changed its name to Grace Brethren Church. 

Pastor Charles Thornton also reports an attend- 
ance of 175 at the closing program of their Daily Va- 
cation Bible School. 

D Richard Mayhue has accepted the pastorate of the 
Grace Brethren Church, Long Beach, CA. He began 
his ministry on June 1 . 

D Tony Sanchelo has resigned as pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church in Albuquerque, MM, in order to 
pursue seminary studies. 

D Doug Jensen is serving as interim pastor at the 
Grace Brethren Church, Cuyahoga Falls, OH. He was 
licensed recently at the Rittman (OH) church. 

n Steve Burns and family arrived in Buena Vista, VA, 
on June 1 to minister at the First Brethren Church. 
Their address is 119 E. 28th St., Buena Vista, VA 
24416. Lester Kennedy, pastor. 

chanae yeur annual 

John Burns, Box 337, Grace Village, Winona Lake, IN 
46590 (Tel. 219/269-2499) / Arthur Collins, 58145 
Aspen Dr., P.O. Box 258, Osceola, IN 46561 / 
Robert Foote's telephone number should be 
319/391-7209 / Jack Galle, P.O. Box 335, Hope, 
NJ 07844 / David Griffith, 13 A Rue De Strasbourg! 
71200 Le Creusot, France (Tel. 16-85-80-10-07) / 
Jim Hocking, c/o P. 0. Box 588, Winona Lake, IN 
46590 / Buzz Inboden, c/o 6675 Worthington- 
Galena Rd., Worthington, OH 
43085 / J. C. McKillen, 511 
Sherwood Village Dr., Tucson, 
AZ 85710 / Gary Miller, 518 
Bank St., Ashland, OH 44805 
/ George Wilhelm, Paradise 
Mobile Park, Lot 138, R. 1, 
New Bloomfield, PA 17068 / 
New address for the Grace 
Brethren Church in Lakeland, 
(FL) is: 4039 Wellington Dr., 

33803. New address for the Grace Brethren Church in 
Mifflin (OH) is: c/o 2718 Peterson Rd., Mansfield, 


A six-month subscription to the Herald is given to newlyweds 
whose addresses are supplied by the officiating minister. 

Stephanie Cooper and Jim Folsom, Patterson Memo- 
rial Grace Brethren Church, Roanoke, VA. Ron 
Thompson, pastor. 

Ann Deane and Doug Engelberth, Community Grace 
Brethren Church, Warsaw, IN. Dave Plaster, pastor. 
Sherry Stiffler and Michael Page, Community Grace 
Brethren Church, Warsaw, IN. Dave Plaster, pastor. 
Kim Swallom and Scott Heflin, Bellflower Brethren 
Church, Bellflower, CA. Ed Cashman, pastor; Al 
Siebert officiating minister. 


Death notices must be submitted in writing by the pastor. 

Christy, Ralph, 91, April 23. He was a member of the Bethel 
Brethren Church in Berne, IN. Larry Edwards, pastor. 
Franchino, Joanne, 53, April 26. She was the wife of Ted 
Franchino, a well-known personality among the Brethren. 
Joanne was a member of the Leesburg (IN) Grace Brethren 
Church. Howard Downing, pastor. 

Kauffman, Dorothy, member of the Melrose Gardens Grace 
Brethren Church, Harrisburg, PA. Don Weltmer, pastor. 
Landes, Charles, April 25, member of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Wooster, OH. Robert Fetterhoff, pastor. 
Landrum, S. Sewell, 79, May 19. Sewell was one of the most 
revered citizens of Breathitt County, KY, as he served as 
pastor of the Clayhole Grace Brethren Church for many 
years, and was also very active in community affairs. In July 
1930, he was united in marriage to Hazel Hulbert, who 
preceded him in death in 1982. He then married Grace 
Collins, who survives, along with a number of other descen- 
dents. Two memorial services were held— one at his latter 
residence and one at Clayhole, his former residence. J. Ward 
Tressler, pastor. 

Mintmier, Phyllis, 66. She was a member of the First Breth- 
ren Church, Johnstown, PA. Charles Martin, pastor. 
Stutzman, Mildred, 77, April 19, was a member of the First 
Brethren Church, Johnstown, PA. Charles Martin, pastor. 
Weaver, Myron, 40, May 14, a member of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Wooster, OH. Robert Fetterhoff, pastor. 


P. O. Box 544 

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Reflections By Still Waters 

Reagan, Mondale, Bush and Ferraro 
and the "Also-Runs" 

Charles W. Turner 


This year there are over 200 announced 
candidates for the White House. To say they 
are less than household names is to put it 
mildly. To say they are unimportant is to 
miss an important point. The "also-runs" are 
really what the mass of society is all about 
and it is where the vast majority of people 
exist in today's society. 

It takes a 20-cent stamp on a letter to the 
Federal Election Commission and you, too, 
can be an announced candidate. This does not 
mean that you will be on the ballot, but it 
does mean you are a candidate. Whatever the 
reason may be that people run for the Presi- 
dent's Office is not clear. Some have a cause; 
others have an enormous ego, and then some 
do it for just plain fun. 

Do you recognize some of the "also-runs"? 
Probably most people do not immediately 
laugh about Larry Harmon of Los Angeles, 
but they do laugh when his more familiar 
name comes up— Bozo the Clown. Many recall 
the outstanding Olympic pole vaulter— Bob 
Richards, but Alphonso Steward, running on 
the Students for ADS Project Love, who 
would make Jane Fonda his Secretary of 
Energy and Cary Grant his Secretary of 
Agriculture, is not as well known. 

Promises, promises, promises— that is what 
an election is all about, and this year is no ex- 
ception. Donald Badgely is back for a second 
try— garbed in long white hair, a beard, and a 
shepherd's staff, promising a six-day week and 
a 360-day year. I do not know which day he 
will eliminate, but I hope it is Monday. Hymie 
Meyer, a waiter, states: "I looked at the 
current political situation and realized I was 

as unqualified as any of the other candi- 

Some want to annex Mexico, others prom- 
ise to provide free trips to other planets, give 
every citizen a $10,000 gift, or have leaders of 
nuclear nations wired so that they would be 
the first to detonate in the event of an attack. 
This sounds like a real exciting election year. 

But, remember, these are the "also-runs" 
who surface each election year and they will 
never get an opportunity to put their pet 
ideas into action. But I imagine there is a little 
of this "also-run" in all of us. We tell what we 
would do if we were in charge. The real 
authority alludes us, but it does not stop all 
of the suggestions and gives us that brief 
moment of "straightening out the whole 
world" in a matter of minutes. 

"Also-runs" are important in this world, 
but can you name a dozen persons or at least 
some people in the Early Church? When you 
get past Peter and Paul, the names start get- 
ting more difficult. Yet, there were tens of 
thousands of them who contributed to the 
growth of the Church in those early biblical 
years. They waited on tables, did the witness- 
ing, and suffered and died for the cause of 
Christ. They were important though hardly 
household names, in their era or in ours. 

Then there are the "never-runs" who will 
not try to run for anything, or will not dare 
to have a vision of the hopes and possibilities 
in this world. These are probably the worst 
case situations. 

So up and at 'em to espouse the cause! May 
it be worthy of the effort, for without a vision 
the people perish. 




Vol.46 No. 9 September 1984 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 

is published monthly by the Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald Co., P. O. 
Box 544, 1104 Kings Highway, 
Winona Lake, IN 46590. Subscrip- 
tion prices: $7.75 per year; foreign, 
$9.50; special rates to churches. 
Printed by BMH Printing, POST- 
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Editor, Charles Turner 
Managing Editor, Kenneth Herman 
Artist, Mary Jane Fretz 
Editorial Secretary, Omega Sandy 
Departmental Editors: 
Christian Education: 

Ed Lewis, Brad Skiles 
Foreign Missions: 

John Zielasko, Nora Macon 
Grace Brethren Boys: 

Mike Ostrander 
Grace Brethren Men: 
Harold Hollinger 
Grace Schools: 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr. 
Denny Brown 
Home Missions: 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer, Liz Cutler 
Women's Missionary Council: 
Nora Macon 


4 Reaching Out in the World's Largest City 

6 The Words Now Have Meaning 

9 RAB for the Relief of Human Suffering 

10 "To Pygmy Huts I Go" 

12 Three Churches Go Self-Supporting 

15 What Do You Desire? 

16 Reaching Black America — The Desperate Need 
18 The Four 

21 GBC Christian Education Product Catalog 

26 National WMC President's Address - 1984 

27 Given to Hospitality 

30 New Faces in Different Places 

31 Winona Lake Christian Assembly Begins Rejuvenation 

32 Chouettel 

bmh features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 
• BMH News Report 20 • 

reported in the herald 

1949 -35 Years Ago 

From Bozoum, Africa. Reported that 28 
tons of cement had arrived for building pur- 
poses. The Christians gave 12,000 francs to 
defray the expenses of laying bricks and get- 
ting the building ready for dedication. 

1969-15 Years Ago 

The Brethren Construction Company 
completed its work at Minerva, OH, and 
moved to Indianapolis, IN. . . . Pastor Ralph 
Burns announced that the Geistown Grace 
Brethren Church went self-supporting. 

1979 -5 Years Ago 

Dr. Robert Collitt, pastor of the Ghent 
Grace Brethren Church in Roanoka, VA, ac- 
cepted the call to serve as stewardship 
counselor with a newly formed organization, 
Grace Brethren Missions Stewardship Serv- 


Dear Readers, 

You will see a change In the news 
page with this issue of the Heralcl. We 
will be covering more events that are 
taking place in the Fellowship. More 
names and church news will be appear- 
ing and the information will be coming 
from you and your church bulletins. A 
large number of churches do send their 
bulletins for us to glean. Watch for 
more news and events about your 
friends and from churches and the mis- 
sion fields. -CWT 

Cover photo: 

Musicians gather a small crowd in Apatlaco, 
the area of Mexico City in which a Grace 
Brethren church is being started. Photo by 
John W. Zielasko. 



Reaching Out In the World's 
Largest City 

by Tom Sharp 

The Lord has led my wife 
and me to dedicate our work 
in an area called Apatlaco. 
This area, a section of Mexico 
City, has undergone many 
changes since squatters arrived 
in the early 1970s. These 
people began in poverty, but, 
because of finding work, their 
economic situation has im- 
proved dramatically. Many 
who started out in provisional 
lean-to houses now live in very 
adequate housing. However, 
these people needed more 
than just better living condi- 
tions, they needed the Lord. 

The Grace Brethren Church 
of Mexico City had started a 
mission in Apatlaco in the 
middle 1970s. This work 
stopped when a place to meet 

became unavailable. 

In July 1983, a new effort 
was made to start a work there. 
With the help of the Woodville, 
Ohio, GBC Harvest Team led 
by Dave Atkins, we were able 
to make many new contacts. 
They helped our church 

people to go door-to-door. 
This was a big boost because it 
helped to teach our people 
how to witness in this way. 
Bible studies were begun 
shortly thereafter in the 
Mendes home on Thursday 
nights. To attract more people 



we began by playing baseball. 
This drew many people who 
did not have much to do. 
When the game finished, we 
took them to the Bible study 
to sing and learn about the 
Lord. We began with 25 

This meeting in a home includes 
singing and fellowship, as well as 
Bible study. 

God has blessed since that 
time. Our attendance has 
grown, but more importantly 
15 people have come to know 
Christ as Saviour. We have 
added a Saturday night youth 
service to meet the special 
need of the youth. Eight of 
these young people are being 
discipled and trained to reach 
out to their parents, friends, 
and neighbors for Christ. 

We have seen growth in 
their personal lives. As one of 
the young people, Guillermina 
Menoes, said, "The Bible 
studies have helped me a lot in 
my personal life. Before, we 
would get discouraged when 
problems came. Now we see 
how God uses them to make 
us more like Him." She went 
on to say that because of 

God's Word, "We have 
stopped doing many things 
that were not pleasing to God. 
The Bible has helped us to 
become more honorable and 
Christiike." Her sister Susana 
agreed with her and added 
that "knowing how much 
Christ loves us helps us to 
want to share His love with 
others and helps us to get along 
with others better even though 
they don't like us." 

God has had His hand in the 
work. We thank Him that 
soon we will be on our church 
property. When our attendance 
goes over 50, we just do not 
fit in the house at all! Many 
have to stay in the street and 
look through the windows. 

Praise the Lord for such 
problems! ■ 



Mexico City stretches on and on as the world's largest city. 

The Words 
Now Have Meaning 

by Elsie Wiley 

Oaxtepec, Chiconcuac, and Xochimiico 
were only names of places on our itinerary. 
De Gongos, Sopes Campesinos, and Chongos 
were only words on menus. Palacio De Bellas 
Artes for the Ballet Folkloria de Mexico were 
just words on a ticket. 

Then we arrived in Mexico and suddenly 
the words had meaning! 

Who are "we," you may be wondering. We 
are the district quiz team from Northeast 
Ohio: Beth Christner, Stella Crosby, John 
Frame, Stephany Glanco, and Michelle Mock. 
I was the coach of the team. 

The trip to Mexico City was awarded to 
our team when we won the quizzing competi- 
tion at National Youth Conference. The 
material studied, memorized, and quizzed on 
were several chapters from Genesis and the 
Book of Romans. 

Our eight days in Mexico were filled with 
delightful experiences that will remain a part 

of each life. We visited many places. 

Mexico City's main square, Zocalo, is the 
center of town and of all patriotic activities. 
We also visited the National Palace, which 
covers two city blocks on the east side of 
Zocalo and now houses the offices of the 
president of Mexico. On the north side of the 
square is a cathedral, the largest church in 
Latin America and one of the largest in the 

Our group also enjoyed reaching the top of 
the Sun and Moon Pyramids. This site covers 
seven square miles and is filled with majestic 
pyramids, temples, and courts over 1,000 
years old. 

June 6 was a highlight as we went to a 
night meeting at the City Opera House in 
downtown Mexico City. The Ballet Folkloria 
was a spectacular, splashy event with over 80 
dancers, singers, mariachis, marimbas, and 
jarochos. It took our breath away! 

The visit to the Anthropology Museum was 
most interesting. This is the largest and most 




complete of its kind in the world. 

Shopping at the San Juan market, the 
street market for fruits and vegetables, and at 
Chiconcuac for woolen goods was a different 
experience! Wherever we went, people were 
trying to sell us something and saying, "For 
you, for you nice lady, good price." 

We noticed many things about the Mexican 
people. One thing that stood out was that the 
women were always using their hands for 
hand sewing, whether at pools, watching their 
children, waiting in line, or watching animals 
graze in sparse fields. 

iVlexico City itself is huge. It will soon be 
the largest city in the world (if it's not al- 
ready). The city streets are crowded with im- 
patient drivers (in little cars with no pollution 
controls) who look out only for themselves. 

The metro (city transporation system) is 
used by millions each day, since it costs only 
a peso (less than one cent) to ride. It is 
crowded, but very efficient. We found the 
people courteous and polite in most cases, 
since we were tourists. Tour groups usually 
don't frequent the metro, and we Americans 
with our fair skin stood out immediately. 

We saw another lovely site— the floating 
gardens of Xochimilco. The delightful river 
ride among all the boats and flowers was re- 
laxing and beautiful! 

As is true for each of us, we don't appre- 
ciate what we have until we don't have it. The 

Left: Majestic pyramids 
are located near Mexico 

Below: Mexico City 
teems with people. 

Mexican people work hard with so little. Most 
construction, farming, and labor is done 
manually. We saw few tractors. 

Our missionaries, Tom and Sue Sharp, in 
whose home we stayed, made our stay enjoy- 
able and rewarding as they shared themselves 
with us. The Sharps helped us see not only 
the physical needs of the millions of people, 
but also the great spiritual needs. 

Our team went to Sunday morning serv- 
ices, a small group discipleship meeting, a 
midweek service, and a Saturday evening 
youth meeting. We observed a hungry group 
of believers who were eating all they could 
from our missionaries. They have so little and 
(Continued on page 8) 



The market place is fun 
to visit. 

evangelism is one 
method to reach the 
world's largest city. 

Some girls participate in a youth meeting 

(Continued from page 7) 

desire so much! We have so much and realize 
it so little. 

We were able to share in the Mexican be- 
lievers' excitement of being on their own 
property for the first time. It was a very basic 
situation: four walls, dirt floor, bricks to hold 
planks for seats, and a tent overhead to keep 
off the sun or rain. They were so excited. By 
now they have a cement floor. We saw be- 
lievers with little, praising and rejoicing in the 

We had heard what Mexico would be like. 
We had heard about the need for more mis- 
sionaries in Mexico and the great spiritual 
hunger of the Mexican people. Now the words 

have meaning. 

I am sure each of us returned with a better 
understanding of the life and role of our mis- 
sionaries. We've developed a burden for them 
as they continue to make tremendous sacri- 
fices so they can serve our Lord in an area 
where people are spiritually hungry and the 
evangelical witness is so limited. This trip will 
have lasting results in the lives of the team 

Many thanks to GBC Christian Education 
for our trip to Mexico City to visit the Sharps. 
God is so beautiful, and He allowed each of us 
to have a wonderful week. We are so grateful 
to all who made the trip possible. ■ 




RAB funds were sent 

to aid the people during 

the famine in Africa. 


for the Relief 
of Human Suffering 

Christians have always responded 
with compassion to the emergency 
needs of their fellow human beings. 
However, on some occasions the 
person desiring to help has not 
done so. 

Why? Either because the particu- 
lar need was so remote from his im- 
mediate world that he did not 
know how to help, or because of 
the suspicion that the organization 
involved in the collection of funds 
would not use his donations in the 
manner he intended. 

The National Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches has its 
own agency. This may be a surprise 

to some of the members. Relief 
Agency Brethren (RAB) was cre- 
ated so that Grace Brethren people 
can involve themselves with confi- 
dence, knowing that their gifts will 
be used for the relief of human suf- 

During the 1972 national confer- 
ence, the Resolutions Committee 
made the following recommenda- 

"RESOLVED: Whereas there is 
widespread human suffering in the 
world, including deprivation, 
disease, and starvation; and whereas 
there are frequent emergency needs 
that come as a result of natural dis- 

asters and human errancy; and 
whereas our constituents have no 
denomination-sponsored agency 
through which Christian compas- 
sion can be expressed to meet such 
needs, we therefore (1) Recognize 
that the child of God, reflecting the 
nature of Christ, is moved to com- 
passion which must result in action, 
(2) Request that some study be 
given to ways and means by which 
we can share our affluence with the 
less fortunate via a spiritually 
oriented and Brethren-controlled 
program of relief, and (3) Remind 
ourselves that this ministry must be 
secondary to the preaching of the 
Gospel and the seeking of the lost." 

In response to this resolution 
adopted by the conference, Grace 
Brethren Foreign IVlissions offered 
its services as a denomination- 
sponsored agency to care for the 
collection and distribution of 

Since that time, funds received 
have been distributed to help many 
people in emergency situations, in- 
cluding the severe drought and 
famine in Africa, Cambodian and 
Vietnamese refugees, medical assist- 
ance programs, flood victims (Johns- 
town, Pennsylvania), and earth- 
quake victims. In last month's 
Herald an article told about RAB 
funds helping a vaccination pro- 
gram in the Central African Re- 

Gifts given to RAB are listed in a 
separate category and are not a part 
of the regular foreign missions of- 
ferings. Tax credit is given, how- 
ever. Please mark checks "Relief 
Agency Brethren" or "RAB" to 
help our financial office make the 
proper identification. 

Thank you. Brethren, for re- 
sponding with compassion to the 
needs of people around the world ■ 




I Go" 

"To pygmy huts I go 

by June Immel 

"But it's empty!" I'm disap- 
pointed. We wall<ed over a mile and 
a half to arrive at an empty Baminga 
(pygmy) village. 

"Are they still in their garden?" 
At this hour? It's 4:30 p.m. and 
100 degrees. I'm hot, sweaty, and 
there are no pygmies. 

"No, Madame, they don't live 
here any longer. They have moved. 
See that grave? One of their chil- 
dren died; therefore, they must 
leave their village because of evil 
spirits," Pastor Jardin explained to 
me. 'Too bad we didn't get here 
sooner, so we could have told them 
about the White (Holy) Spirit." 

"Let's go farther." 

Sure hope a snake isn't slithering 
beside the path waiting to taste a 
white woman's ankle. Glad I wore 
my heavy shoes. 

The path seems to become 
more narrow. Reminds me of a 
song, "Over the River and Through 
the Woods." How about this ver- 
sion? 'Through the forest and 
through the weeds, to the Pygmy 
huts I go. My guide knows the way 
as I stumble along, to tell them of 
His love." 

"Oh, another hut! How do I 
greet them in their language?" 

"You don't, Madame. They will 
put an animal pelt (rug) down and 
motion to you to sit, then you are 
greeted," the pastor informed me. 

What was this animal I'm sit- 
ting on? An antelope. Soft, hairy, 
feels like Howard's beard. 

Lord, I can't understand a 
word Pastor George is saying. I 
think he is giving the gospel story in 
their native tongue. Lord, some- 
thing is tickling or biting me. How 

can I politely scratch? I'll wiggle a 
little. Ah, that's better. Make it 
short Pastor! 

"Now that's not kind, June." 

Right, Lord. I just don't like 
being bitten by whatever little 
creature is in this rug. It's not mak- 
ing me feel welcome. 

"Concentrate on showing love 
with your eyes and smile, June." 

Sure, Lord, I can't grit my 
teeth and endure the itching while 
I'm smiling. Lord. Concentrate. 

"At least you have teeth, June. 
Notice theirs?" 

Yes, the men don't have many 
teeth, and all the front teeth of the 
women are filed to a point. Wonder 

I really do want them to know 
that I love them and that You love 
them, also. I didn't come all this 
way just to observe them. The 




Pygmy huts are temporary shelters. 

Pastors George and Jardin 

have a great burden for the 

pygmy people. 

women are staring at me. Lord. 

"Well, you do have a lot of 
clothes on compared to them." 

So I've noticed. I can under- 
stand why it's so easy for them to 
move so often— they have nothing 
to move. Their house is so small. 
Why the entrance way must be 
only two feet high. My, they're 
short! There are no sides to their 
houses, just sticks. Strange. 

"Accept it, June, that's their 

Oh, he's finished. Pastor Jardin 
is praying. Lord, I commit this 
time to You. I haven't understood 
a word, but You have. Bring them 
to You, Lord. 

"One man says he is a believer in 
Christ. What about the others? No? " 

"Invite them to church on 
Sunday, Pastor." 

Through the forest and through 

the weeds, I walk behind my guide. 
I'll soon be back to wash myself 
and sit beside the fire. Wonder if 
they will come this Sunday. Sure 
hope so. 

"June, look who's coming down 
the path!" 

"Ah, the Pygmy men. But not 
their wives. Oh, yes, here they 
come, too, each carrying the Gospel 
of Mark that you gave them." The 
African men greet them, but the 
African women do not greet the 
Pygmy women. Wonder why? 

Pastor George is giving them 

Howard's message after the regular 
church service is finished. Pastor 
Jardin is really enthusiastic about 
working with the Pygmies. We 
need to fervently pray that the 
African people will desire to love 
these people and tell them about 

Howard and I will be glad to 
help in any way we can. However, 
we realize, God, that You have not 
made us that type of nomadic 
people who can travel from place to 
place every few days. So we will 
pray the Lord of the harvest to 
send forth workers (white or black) 
into His harvest field. ■ 




Three Churches 

by Liz Cutler 

Promotional Secretary 

Brooksville Takes 
Step of Faith 

The last Sunday in June has always been a special day 
for the members of the Brooksville, Florida, Grace Brethren 
Church. It was then in 1981, they dedicated their new 
6,000 square foot two-unit building. 

Now, it has a double meaning. On June 24, 1984, they 
celebrated going self-supporting. 

"After reviewing our budget for this year," says Pastor 
William (Whitey) Willard, "we decided to set a (self- 
support) date on our anniversary Sunday, and to go ahead 
by faith. We felt since it was an important day for us, that 

The Brooksville, Florida, congregation following their 
building dedication in 1981. 

we would set our goal to go self-supporting on that day." 

By the time the last Sunday in June rolled around, the 
finances necessary to be a self-supporting church were com- 
ing in. "The report is not out yet," notes Willard, "but for 
the quarter we were operating at the first of the year on a 
self-support budget. It was not to go into effect until June, 
but we were trying to operate on that self-support budget 
and were coming close. The last month or two, we were 
getting where we should be." 

The ministry at Brooksville, a rural community of about 
8,000 people was begun in 1974 under the ministry of 
Jerry Snyder. By May 1975, the late Pastor Herman Koontz 
was there to lead the congregation until the following year. 




when Pastor Willard and his family arrived. In November 
1977, 3.26 acres of property was purchased and the two- 
unit building was constructed in 1980 and 1981. Also in 
1980, a fifty-foot right of way in front of the property was 
given to the church, bringing the total acreage to approxi- 
mately five acres. 

"Our goal is to continue to reach people for Christ," 
says the pastor. "Probably the biggest ministries are on Sun- 
day," he adds, "along with the Wednesday family night." 
An Awana program was begun two years ago for young 
people, with attendances that reached as high as 85— more 
than the membership of the church, which is 80. "We've 
been able to reach families through that," he notes. One 
of the church's goals is to get those families involved in the 
congregation. "We are starting to see some results," he 

A pre-school has also helped reach young families. "We 
have met families through this day-care ministry, he says. 
This past year the school had a high enrollment of 32 three 
and four year olds. 'That ministry is apart from the 
church," he stresses. 'The church did not put any money 
into it." 

"If it hadn't been for Home Missions, the church would 
never have gotten off the ground," says the pastor. 'They 
(Home Missions) were an instrument and an encouragement 
to the people when they started the Bible study," he adds. 

Future goals center around reaching people for Christ. 
"We want to improve our ministry," says Willard. New age 
groups were added in the Awana program. Another goal is 
to complete the sanctuary in their building as the funds are 
available, allowing more space for the school. 

"All the while, we want to be faithful to the Word and 
the Great Commission, reaching souls for Christ," he 
notes. "We try to encourage people that one-on-one, you 
reach one family with another." 

(Reprinted from Summer, 1984 Harvest Newsj 

Goldendale Marks 
Independence Day 

The fireworks in the sky over Goldendale, Washington, 
in early July were to celebrate the independence of our 
country, but it also symbolized a break-off of another 
sort— the independence of the Grace Brethren Church of 

Go Self- Supporting 

aoldendale from the Grace Brethren Home Missions 

"It was time," remarks Pastor Greg Howell, as he reviews 
he brief history of the church. "We've kept it in front of 
he people that we need to be financially able to do it (go 
elf-supporting)," he adds. "That was asking for sacrificial 
living, to catch up, and it worked. We're on track." 

The church had its birth in mid- 1976 with the aid of the 
\lorthwest District Mission Board. Pastor George Christie 
Mas the first pastor and led the congregation until August 

The Goldendale, Washington, congregation in 1982 

1981. Under his leadership, 8.69 acres of land was pur- 
chased in 1978, and a 3,500 square foot building erected in 
1981. Pastor Howell and his wife. Colleen, arrived on the 
field in December 1981. 

The young congregation is using a variety of methods to 
reach their community, a rural area of southern Washing- 
ton. "We have an Awana-type program called JOY (Jesus, 
Others, You) Club," explains Greg. While an actual out- 
reach program is not functioning, visitors to services are 
contacted on a regular basis. "We have a kind of care/ 
deacon program," he says. "If someone has been here and it 
looks like they are 'going to land,' we put them in one of 
the groups," he adds. 

A new program was initiated the end of July. "It is like 
Welcome Wagon," the pastor notes. "Nobody was operating 
anything like it in the past 15 years," he explains, "so we 
took it on as a ministry. We've called it, because of the 
name of the town, 'Golden Welcome.' We've received a tre- 
mendous response from the merchants." Area businesses 
have contributed to help offset expenses. In turn, new resi- 
dents receive coupons for those concerns. The church, 
separate from the program, will also make a call, with an 

invitation to attend the services. 

As it is, many new people to the community of 3,500 
seem to end up at the Goldendale GBC. 'The people in my 
church are a little more progressive, because we've gained a 
lot of people moving into town," notes Howell. 

He describes the Goldendale area as an unchurched com- 
munity. "We did a survey two summers ago and it was clear 
that two-thirds of the people don't even claim to have any 
church affiliation," he says. "We probably have as many 
bars in town as we do churches." Of the 13 churches in the 
community, only two others are what could be considered 
evangelical; and one of those is charismatic, according to 
the pastor. 

Because of their growth, the young church is in need of 
additional space. 'The Sunnyside (Washington) GBC gra- 
ciously purchased a mobile home that we're using for 
Sunday school," says the pastor. However, the Goldendale 
group has now outgrown that. "We can probably hold 100 
people, between all our facilities to operate Sunday school. 
After that, we begin to be really pinched." 

Building at this point is not financially feasible, accord- 
ing to the pastor. "Wanting to meet the needs of the com- 
munity, we'll have to do something creative, like two serv- 
ices or something like that," he notes. "Home Bible studies 
have been something that will reach the community 
better," he adds. 

(Reprinted from Summer 1984 Harvest Newsj 

Divine Plan Evident 
at Riverside 

"I really feel I am a spectator, watching God build the 
church," says Pastor Brian Smith of the Grace Brethren 
Church of Riverside, California, which went self-supporting 
on June 1. "Honestly, there is nothing in our church that 
could possibly warrant the number of people coming and 
wanting to stay," he adds. "There has to be a sovereign, 
divine plan that works in spite of the circumstances." 

The church had its start in August 1979, and was ac- 
cepted by the Grace Brethren Home Missions Council for 
financial support in March 1980. The North Long Beach 
Brethren and the Bellflower Brethren (both in California) 
also had a role in the establishment of the work. 

Since then, the church has grown steadily, much to the 
amazement of the pastor. "I'm a pessimist by nature," he 

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- ^PHM<^ SEPTEMBER '84 13^=7^ 


(Continued from page 13) 

admits, but after being here for four years, I'm very much 
of an optimist. I see God do things beyond my hopes and 

The Riverside church is made up of happy people in- 
viting their friends and neighbors to services, according to 
the pastor. "We are totally reaching the unchurched," he 

Riverside congregation, Easter 1980 

notes. "I can't think of anyone who has come from a bigger 
church, or a bigger Grace Brethren church anywhere," he 

But such "grass roots" growth can be tough. "Everyone 
we reach has problems," he says. 'They've got marital 
problems, financial problems, emotional problems, and so 
we're always inheriting more burdens to carry," he adds. 
"Once we somehow straighten out some of those burdens, 
we become productive. The people become productive." 

The pastor accepts many of the problems and burdens 
as part of a growing family. "I do the best I can to do what 
I can, and then I don't do anymore than I can't," he 
stresses. "I don't overextend myself in areas that will hurt 
the other end of the line, so the pat answer that everyone 
gives, that we let God build the church is really the totally 
honest truth," he says. 

A major emphasis of the church program is to do a few 
things well, rather than many things in a mediocre way, 
according to the pastor. "We pour all our efforts toward 
our whole church family into Sunday morning," he says. 
"We don't have a Wednesday night prayer and Bible study. 
We don't have a Sunday night service. Everything is Sunday 
morning from 10:30 to 1 1 :30. 

"We try to make Sunday morning the highlight of every- 
one's week," says Brian. "California is a very busy place," 
he adds." People have a thousand things to choose from on 
a Sunday morning, besides church. We can't compete with 
those things, but at least we can make the alternative 

An evening service or a midweek prayer meeting is not 
held by the church because their facility is not available. 
"We had a Sunday evening service for two years and can- 
celled it, because it never grew," recalls Brian. "Our morn- 
ing services were tripling and quadrupling in size, but our 
Sunday evening service stayed the same size, with different 




He notes that many of the church members drive 5CI 
miles one way to work during the week. "Sunday after- 
noons and nights are one of the only times they have withi 
their families," he says. Despite quality teaching in the' 
evening, even faithful members felt the need to spend the( 
time with their families. i 

Five home Bible studies and about 10 discipleshipjl 
groups meet on Sunday night or other evenings. All those( 
are filled, with a waiting list of interested individuals. 

The pastor credits the Grace Brethren Home Missions! 
Council with planting the church. 'They got the seedsi 
planted, they discovered who was out here, it was throughl 
them that I heard about it," he says. "It was through theiri 
encouragement and backing that I stayed," he adds. 

The backing of the Council relieved the pressure that 
Brian says he might have felt otherwise. "I had the free-j 
dom and the time to plant the church properly," he notesj 
"where if I had to get a part-time job, this church wouldj 
never have gone." i 

That support was crucial, according to Brian. 'This 
church would not be here today if it weren't for Home Misl 
sions," he says. "It's hard to put into words, because just 
knowing they are there and knowing they would back me^ 

Riverside congregation, Easter 1984 

knowing I had room for failure, allowed me to try things I 
may not have tried had I not been so secure in my relation- 
ship with them," he adds. 

The church purchased two and one-half acres of land on 
a main street in Riverside for $280,000 in 1983. Next year, 
they hope to build on that land. 'That would require a 
miracle, and I'm convinced that we will have it," he adds. 

"There are going to have to be some dramatic things 
that take place at Riverside within the next year or so any- 
way if we think things are going to happen," he stresses. 
"We've outgrown the facility we're renting. The pump is 
primed; but if we don't build on the land we have, we'll end 
up paying for a dead horse. 

Eventually, the church hopes to mother other Grace 
Brethren congregations within the area. "We do want to 
plant more churches, but we don't want to spoil our sta- 
bility to do it. We want to become strong ourselves, and 
then do the planting, so that we become a real link in 
southern California in the planting ministry." ■ 

(Reprinted from Summer 1984 Harvest NewsJ 


What Do You Desire? 

by Rev. J. Timothy Coyle, Pastor 

Grace Brethren Church 

Newark, Delaware 

If you were to conduct an interview and were to 
ask people what their greatest desire right now in life 
is, many would probably answer by saying that they 
most desire more money, a larger home, a new car, or 
some other object they would like to 
have. Others might focus on some 
thing that is more intangible, 
but nevertheless 
so important in 
life: to be happy, 
to feel needed, 
to be successful, 
or to be at peace 
with oneself and 
with others. None of 

these are wrong desires in and of themselves, but 
through the psalmist Asaph, God reveals to us what 
our greatest desire in life should be: "Whom have I in 
heaven but Thee? And besides Thee, I desire nothing 
on earth. My flesh and my heart may fail; but God is 
the strength of my heart and my portion forever" (Ps. 

Asaph did not come to this conviction easily. In 
the psalm he wrestles with a very perplexing problem, 
namely, why do the wicked prosper. As he sought the 
answer to his question on his own, the lack of a suffi- 
cient answer almost caused him to fall away from 
God. However, when he brought his problem before 
God, he gained new insight that he had never had be- 
fore. This brought such joy to his heart that he was 
led to renew his commitment to God and to express 
it in the deepest way possible. 

We, too, need to have that same commitment to 
God today. To say that we have no one in heaven but 
God means that we do not believe in other gods. It 
also shows that we acknowledge God to be who He is, 
the sovereign, ruling Lord of the universe, our Cre- 
ator, and the giver of life. It also means that, in com- 
ing to Him, we also gain Him. We now "have" Him as 
our God, and with Him His love. His promises, and 
His power to make them happen in our lives. Then 
because of who God is and because of His love and 
provision for us, we, too, should be able to say 


cerning this 
life, "And 
Thee, I desire nothing on earth." 
For the person who truly under- 
stands what this means, it is perhaps 
the most demanding challenge in Scrip- 
ture. It does not mean that we will not or should not 
have any desires or goals in life. However it does 
mean that, in comparison to our desire to know God 
better and to build our relationship with Him, our 
desire for other things should be very insignificant. I 
often wonder how our level of commitment to God 
compares with what He desires of us. The Christian 
who attends several services a week and tries to have a 
few minutes of devotions a day probably thinks he is 
doing well. But the key is, where is his heart? Does he 
really long for God and desire to spend as much time 
with Him as possible so that he can learn of Him and 
from Him and then live for Him? Is He really the 
focal point of our lives? At times it seems that our 
spiritual lives are so shallow. Maybe that is why the 
influence of Bible-believing Christians in our society 
today seems to be so minimal. 

The phrase also means, though, that if we do de- 
sire God so much, that we will not desire besides Him 
anything that is outside of His will for us. We will be 
more than satisfied with what He has chosen to be 
our lot, if only we can have Him! As Asaph looked 
down the corridor of his life to the time when his 
time on this earth would end, when his flesh and his 
heart would fail, still, even then he would be able to 
(Continued on page 19) 




Members of the East Atlanta Grace Brethren Church gather following a recent baptismal service. 


Black America — 

The Desperate JKTeed 

by Ernest Usher, Pastor 

East Atlanta Grace Brethren 

Church, Atlanta, Georgia 

"It is my personal conviction 
that the greatest internal challenge 
facing America and Bible believers 
in particular is the plight of Ameri- 
ca's 25 million blacks," says Ken 
Davis, former pastor of Trinity 
Baptist Church in Indianapolis, In- 
diana. He continues, "Today, the 
Black American is more unevangel- 
ized than ever before. He is religious 
but lost. In most cities he has never 
heard a clear, vital, intelligent Bible- 
believing witness. Because of our 
past policies of benign neglect, 
tolerant indifference, and inaction 
as Bible believers, much of the re- 
sponsibility for today's Black revolt 




Pastor Ernest Usher (right) during a baptismal service 

can be placed on our failure to 'Go 
Ye' to this neglected mission field 
at home." 

The Grace Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council responded to the 
challenge by stepping out in faith 
to begin ministries dedicated to 
reaching Black Americans. Atlanta, 
Georgia, was designated as one 
point for a new church and on June 
1, 1983, my wife, LaVonne, and I 
were sent there to start this new 

Quite frankly, I was frightened. 
Where do I start? Or, even better, 
how do I get started? There was no 
Bible class already in progress nor 
were there any Black former Grace 
Brethren people living in the area. 
Despite these and other obstacles, 
the Grace Brethren Church of East 
Atlanta has come into fruition. 

How did it all occur? When we 
came to Atlanta, we were burdened 
in three areas. We felt they were 
necessary for the work to succeed. 
The first was to develop a nucleus, 
a cell group of the church. The 
initial step in this direction was the 
organization of a Bible study for 
the basic purpose of discipling 
women. I also sought to have one- 
on-one discipleship with every man 
I led to Christ. Using this program, 
a core group of believers has been 
developed. These people desire to 
live for Christ and be trained in His 

The second burden was to de- 
velop godly leadership for the 
church. Towards this goal, God led 
me to a couple attending Carver 
Bible College here in Atlanta. The 
couple had a heart for the Lord, 
but needed training and discipling. 
I am now in the process of disci- 
pling them, and am also about to 
begin a Bible study with another 
young man for the purpose of train- 
ing him for church leadership. 

Lastly, I felt I needed to develop 
a strong evangelistic zeal in the 
church. We are now in the process 
of teaching some evangelistic 
methods in the women's disciple- 
ship group. A great emphasis is 
placed on telling friends and rela- 
tives about Christ, and we plan to 
teach personal evangelism as a Sun- 
day school option sometime in 
1985. ■ 

Hall Resigns 

Ralph Hall, director of Grace 
Brethren Building Ministries for the 
past 24 years, has resigned to ac- 
cept a position with R. E. Nelson 
and Associates in Bradenton, Flori- 
da. He began his new position in 

mid-August as director of engineering services and assistant 
director of architectural services. 

Since joining the staff of the Grace Brethren Home Missions 
Council in 1960, he and his department have worked on approxi- 
mately 80 Grace Brethren churches, and approximately 190 other 
projects, including school buildings and other church facilities. 

Despite the change in location, his services will be available to 
Grace Brethren congregations. He can be contacted through his 
office at Box 1 1 255, Bradenton, Florida 34282-1 255. 

He and his wife, Betty, will also work with developing a new 
Grace Brethren church in the Bradenton area. 

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Isobel Fraser 

The Four 

by Isobel Fraser 

Grace Brethren Messianic Testimony 
Los Angeles, California 

Last March, Pastor Frank Coburn (Grace 
Brethren Church of East Los Angeles, Cali- 
fornia) encouraged us to use the "40 Days 
and 40 Nights" Personal Growth Journal. I 
found it a real challenge and a blessing. Al- 
though I am not using it now, its principles 
are being followed, as well as the prayer list 
that I started with it. On that list are four 
names for whom I have been praying. I would 
like to share with you the way the Lord has 
been working in these people's lives. 

"The Lord must have sent you. I did think 
about calling you," was the greeting I received 
from Hazel* recently. This was a special thrill, 
as she was one of my first responses in door- 

to-door calling in the first year of my minis- 
try, and had regularly attended some of our 
evening Bible classes and the Bet El ladies 

A few years ago, she resigned as treasurer 
of the group, and said she would not be at- 
tending as she had other things she wanted to 
pursue. She said that she wanted to retain my 
friendship, but not to talk to her about the 
Bible. For some time, she did not come; then 
several months ago, she returned. 

She had recently had a malignant tumor re- 
moved from her breast and the lymph glands 
operated on. When I called on her, she had 
just learned that she was not a candidate for 
therapy, and must have the breast removed. 

The next day, as she was being prepared for 
surgery, the doctor told her he could not 
operate, as a drug she had been taking would 
complicate the procedure. It would have to be 
completely out of her system before the 
operation could be performed. She was sent 
home with a rescheduled date of July 5. How 
I praise the Lord that He prevented the 
surgery, even at the last minute, which I be- 
lieve was an answer to prayer. 

Evelyn* had written to me at Christmas 
time that she had seen "The Chosen" film and 
was returning to Judaism. She had been won 
to the Lord by her son— a dedicated Christian 
now living in Florida— but has not been 
under a consistent teaching of the Word. 
Though I saw her several times and visited 
her in the hospital when she had a heart at- 
tack recently, there was no opportunity to 
deal with the subject. 

Then, several weeks ago, as we talked on 
the phone, she acknowledged her faith in 
Christ and that, because of it, she was not 
afraid of death. We recently had another long 
talk on the phone, as we shared many things 
about the Lord. 

Ruth* is the Russian Jewess with whom 
many discussions on the Bible were shared 
when visiting one of my shut-in friends. She, 
however, had resigned this job in order to re- 
turn to college. (In Russia, she had been a 
construction engineer.) 

After a number of attempts, I found her 
home. She was happy to hear from me. Now 
in her third semester of school, she is finding 
it difficult because of her lack of English, but 
she is persevering. 

She remembered our many conversations 




while employed by my friend Rachel. Rachel 
had given her a Russian Bible, which is much 
easier for her to understand. 

Rachel is also a real help in this ministry, as 
Ruth tells me I talk too fast and try to give 
too much information when answering her 
questions. Rachel can interpret for me, which 
slows me down and perhaps helps to make my 
answers simpler. 

In the Bet El class, the study had been on 
the Messiah. As I presented the final lesson in 
the series on "Messiah: The God-Man," I 
shared some Jewish opinions regarding the 
Messiah. I then used six Old Testament and 
six New Testament scriptures to prove that 
the Bible taught that He is both earthly and 
heavenly. As I shared that God came the first 
time to become our Saviour by paying the 
penalty for our sin, and through Him we can 
have a kosher (clean) heart, Faye* listened in- 
tently. Her interest and response to the study 
was most encouraging. She is one of the unbe- 
lievers who is attending these meetings. 

Will you pray with me for these four 
precious Jewesses— Hazel, Evelyn, Ruth, and 
Faye? ■ 

*Not their real names 


(Continued from page 15) 

say that the real essence of his life is not the physical, 
but the spiritual. God would still be the strength of 
his heart, even then, and certainly in every circum- 
stance between now and then. Death could take from 
him this present life and everything that he had 
and accumulated in it, but there is one thing that it 
could not take from him, and that was his God, for 
God is his portion forever. God and all that He is is 
what Asaph had chosen and put first in his life, and 
would also be his inheritance to enjoy for all etern- 
ity. Everything on earth he would leave behind, but he 
would enjoy what he had laid up in heaven forever. 

And so it must be with us. Our greatest desire in 
life as Christians must be for God Himself. This will 
then lead us to see that what He had for us is what is 
the very best for us, and will enable us to accept it 
joyfully, even to the degree that we will desire noth- 
ing else. It takes a great degree of commitment to 
God, the very highest in fact, to be able to say this 
and to mean it without reservation. But God indeed is 
worthy, and this is the greatest need of the hour in 
Christ's church today. ■ 

iXTe^irs Update 


Pastor Jack Peters has accepted the 
pastorate of the Grace Brethren Church 
at Lakeland, Florida. 

He and his family arrived on the field 
in mid-July. 

A graduate of Bob Jones University 
with a B.S. in Bible, he has most recently 
served as pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Vandalia, Ohio. He also pas- 
tored the Grace Brethren Church at 
North Lauderdale, Florida; and the 
Riverside Grace Brethren Church at 
Johnstown, Pennsylvania; and served as 
assistant pastor at the Shenandoah Bible 
Church in Martinsburg, West Virginia. 

He and his wife, the former Debby 
Pifer, have three children: Tarah Marie 
(11), John David (8), and Rachel Leigh 

Debby is teaching fifth grade at the 
Lakeland Christian School 


A new work among the Blacks of 
southwestern Ohio began this summer 
under the direction of Pastor Earl 
Pittman and in cooperation with the 
Southern Ohio District. Each weekend, 
he led a Bible class in Xenia, with the 
goal of developing it into a Grace Breth- 
ren church. Xenia is located 25 miles 
northeast of Dayton. The work is now 
being evaluated to determine whether a 
church will be established. 

Pittman, his wife (Cozy), and three 
children are members of the Community 
Grace Brethren Church in Warsaw, Indi- 
ana. They have traveled to Xenia each 
weekend while Earl maintained employ- 
ment with Grace Schools in Winona 
Lake, Indiana. 






D The Southern California-Arizona District Grace 
Brethren Women's Retreat will be held at Arrowhead 
Hotel and Village on October 19-21 / Ray and 
Myrna Hottle (Waterloo, lA) celebrated their 25th 
wedding anniversary / Pastor John Gregory spoke at 
the new GBC in Winchester, VA / A call was ex- 
tended to Steve Winey to serve as a pastoral intern at 
the GBC, Wooster, OH / Mr. and IVIrs. J. W. Cochran 
(Waterloo, lA) observed their 60th wedding anni- 

Tom and Sue Sharp (missionaries to Mexico) 
furnished special music at the GBC at Ankeytown, 
OH / Chalmer Naugle is the new youth pastor at the 
GBC, Martinsburg, PA / Earl Fisher and Bob Kaiser 
(Columbus, OH) led a sailing trip to the Bahamas / 
Ray Barger was honored for having the most mem- 
bers of his family present on Father's Day at the 
Valley GBC in Hagerstown, MD. 

The average attendance for VBS at the Fremont, 
OH, GBC was 199.9, and the offering amounted to 
$184.32 / Dean I. Walter was the guest teacher for 
the "summer series" and in the church school hour he 
presented "The Portraits of Christ" at the GBC in 
Martinsburg, PA / Dave Gaston is the new pastor at 
the GBC in Elyria, OH / Twenty-one young people 
and seven adults from the GBC at Wooster, OH, flew 
to the Brethren Navajo Mission in New Mexico to 
help in a variety of ministries for 12 days. 

Pastor and Mrs. Garth Lindelef (Comm. GBC, 
Long Beach, CA) celebrated their wedding anni- 
versary / Pastor and Mrs. Forrest Jackson were sur- 
prised to find two inches of water in their home upon 
returning from vacation (the water hose leading to 
their dishwasher was the cause of the problem) / 
Fred Devan is the new pastor at the GBC in Alex- 
andria, VA / The Sterling, OH, GBC was grate- 
ful to the GBC at Wooster, OH, for sending Pastor 
Richard Sellers to fill in until a new pastor arrived / 
Aldo Hoyt is the new pastor at the Denver, CO, GBC. 

The Stockton, CA, GBC has been discontinued / 
Jack Peters, Jr., has accepted the pastorate of the 
Lakeland, PL, GBC / The John Aebys celebrated 
their 45th wedding anniversary / The Simi Valley 
Youth Choir was responsible for the majority of the 
service at the Community GBC in Long Beach, CA 
/ Mrs. Jerry Young (Lititz, PA) celebrated her birth- 
day on July 18 / The Floyd Moines and the Denny 
Holsingers celebrated wedding anniversaries (Rittman, 

Chris Hayes was commissioned by the GBC in 
Ashland, OH, to work with the district missions 

group to plant a GBC in Wasilla, AK— the approved 
new capital city replacing Juneau. Mr. Hayes was 
ordained to the Christian ministry in June / Mr. and 
Mrs. Elmer Hocken (Waterloo, lA) celebrated their 
50th wedding anniversary / John Teevan has been 
called to be the senior pastor at the GBC in Ashland, 
OH / Pastor and Mrs. Dan Eshleman were surprised 
by their children and church members of the Valley 
GBC, Hagerstown, MD, on their 25th wedding anni- 

The Gordon Brackers were honored at a surprise 
retirement party given by the Osceola and Elkhart 
(IN) GBC churches. They were presented with a 
$1,500 check to assist them in touring their parental 
Switzerland for their 50th wedding anniversary. 
Pastor Gordon was also declared Pastor Emeritus of 
the Osceola church / Doug Jensen is the new pastor 
of the Cuyahoga Falls, OH, GBC. 

chanae ycur annual 

Gerald Ahern, 1751 W. Citracado Pkwy, Escondido, 
CA 92025 / Russell Betz, 212 E. Saguaro, Casa 
Grande, AZ 85222 / John Bryant, 7420 Sharp Rd., 
Mt. Vernon, OH 43050 / Chaplain (CPT) Charles D. 
Card, HHD 2nd Bt. Bde, Fort Jackson, SC 29207 / 
Fred Devan, 10 E. Luray Ave., Alexandria, VA 
22301 / Lt. J. L Diaz, CHC, USN, PO. Box 4284, Winter 
Park, PL 32793 / Charles Flowers, Box 132, Clarks- 
ville, Ml 48815 / Terry Hofecker, 1428 Chelmsford 
Ct., Columbus, OH 43229 / Steven Howell, Rt. 2, 
Box 148, Jonesborough, TN 37659 / Aldo Hoyt, c/o 
700 S. Federal Blvd., Denver, CO 80219 / Ron 
Jarvis, P.O. Box 69, Listie, PA 15549 / Fenton 
McDonald, 3903 Skipton Dr., Austin, TX 78759 / 
Ralph Miller, 1767 Lancing Dr., Salem, VA 24153 / 
Peter Peer, 43 rue Jean Bouveri, 71300 Montceau- 
les-Mines, France / Stephen Roediger, 788, U.S. Rt. 
224, Nova, OH 44859 / Milton Ryerson, University 
Village 108, S. 3205 University Rd., Spokane, WA 
99206 / John Sturley, 660 Berkshire Ave., La 
Canada, CA 9101 1 / The new address for the Saddle- 
back Valley GBC is: 23702 Birtcher Dr., Suite B, 
Lake Forest, CA 92630 / Address for the new pastor 
at Elyria, OH-Dave Gaston, 34200 State Rt. 303, 
Grafton, OH 44044 (Tel. 216/926-3204) / The new 
address for the Riverside GBC is: R. D. 4, Box 61-A, 
Johnstown, PA 15905. 


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WMC Theme Chorus 

"Lift up your eyes," "Look on the fields," they white to harvest are; 
And God is calling volunteers, to serve Him near and far. 

And you, dear Christian God now calls, to labor for the lost. 
Will you your life, your gifts, your all, give Him at any cost? 

I will be true, my Lord to serve, who died to set me free; 
I'll consecrate my life to Him, and ever faithful be. 


Lord, lay some soul upon my heart, and love that soul thru me; 
And may I nobly do my part to win that soul for Thee. 




National WMC President's Address 

by Mrs. Fred Devan 

National WMC President's Address- 


Mary, Mary quite contrary 

How does your garden grow? 

With silver bells and cockle shells. 

And pretty maidens all in a row. 

Remember this little rhyme from your childhood? 
I'd like to change it a bit to speak to us as WMC 

WMC member, warm and tender. 

How does your garden grow? 

With Bible reading, lots of prayer. 

And witnessing to others as you go. 

How has your spiritual garden been growing this 
year? Our theme has been "On to Maturity" and 
we've studied the various aspects of growing in the 
Christian life. I hope you haven't just sat, listened and 
then forgotten what you've heard, but have taken it 
to heart and really grown this year. Each one of us 
should feel more mature spiritually than we did last 
year at this time. 

Sad to say, most of us don't have any trouble 
growing physically. A few trips to the all-you-can-eat 
restaurant, butter and sour cream on the potato, 
"Yes, I think I will have some ice cream," and all of a 
sudden— the waistband or the hipline's too tight. But 
spiritual growth? Nowhere near that easy! Forget to 
read the Bible, too sleepy to pray, too tired to go to 
church Sunday night, too busy to go to prayer meet- 
ing and all of a sudden— it doesn't feel quite as im- 
portant anymore. Without even realizing it, instead of 
growing we're shrinking spiritually. Remember the 
children's song— 

Read your Bible, pray every day . . . 

And you 'II grow, grow, grow! 

Don't read your Bible, forget to pray . . . 

And you'll shrink, shrink, shrink! 
There's a lot of truth in that little song. Spiritual 
growth takes discipline and effort. In 1 Timothy 
4:7-8 we find, "... discipline yourself for the pur- 
pose of godliness; for bodily discipline is only of little 
profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since 
it holds promise for the present life and also for the 
life to come" (NASB). 

How much emphasis there is on bodily discipline 
today! The paper is full of ads for companies that do 
nothing but help people lose weight. The stores 
prominently display exercise equipment and the 
clothes to wear while using it. Classes, TV programs 
and records encourage us to get in shape. Condo- 
miniums and new homes are advertised as much or 
more for their tennis courts, pools and saunas as their 
modern kitchens and two bathrooms. Joggers are so 

much a part of the landscape that we are hardij 
aware of them as they jog through heat wave or snovj 
storm, sunshine or rain. 

Notice again what Paul said, "Bodily discipline 
only of little profit, but godiness is profitable for a 
things." ' 

Wouldn't it be great if we could see that same typ 
of enthusiasm for and dedication to the Lord's wor 
as we see for bodily discipline? True, in some peop( 
we do, but all too few and I fear the numbers are di 
creasing. But I will hasten to say that it has been m 
observation that active WMC women are often th 
most committed and faithful Christians in the loo 
church. They're the people who can be counted o 
and are busy not only in WMC but also in many othe 
responsibilities in their church. My husband frequeni 
ly says from the pulpit, "Where would the church b 
without WMC?" Thanks ladies, for your depend; 
bility and commitment. 

"Godliness is profitable . . . since it holds promis 
for the present life and also for the life to come." 
think Paul is saying that living a godly life in th 
present is the best and most profitable thing we ca 
do with our everyday life. We're not just saved so w 
can go to heaven someday, but so we can enjoy tti 
best possible life while we're here on earth. And th; 
comes by knowing and growing in Christ. 

We often need a time in our lives to look back, n 
fleet, and gauge how we are doing. If we are not b 
coming more like Christ in our daily lives, somethir 
is wrong and we need to find it and change it. I am 
first-grade teacher, so looking for mistakes, correctir 
and grading are a part of my life ten months of th 
year. As I look back at this WMC year, it was 
natural thing for me to give it a grade. Now this ma 
really surprise you, but the only grade I could hones 
ly give this WMC year was an "F." "An 'F.'" Yo 
say, "Oh no, we failed the whole year!" Now wait 
minute, let me explain. There are several reasons wh 
I had to give this year an "F." 

First of a\\. Frightening. Yes, I was frightened i 
begin this WMC year because it was my first i 
national WMC president. Frightened of the tremei 
dous responsibility of serving my Lord and you ladif 
in this capacity. Frightened of the very real poss 
bility that I might fail Him and you. Frightened espi 
cially of this president's message. I can talk to a rooi 
full of kids all day and that doesn't bother me at al 
That's "my thing." But when the "kids" get to be i 
tall as I am, I'd rather sit and listen. The one thir 
that made me seriously think about saying no to th 
office was this president's message. Finally, I told tli 
Lord that if it was His will for me to serve as pres 
dent, I was willing; but I could only do it with H 





), He has helped, 
I feel it has been 
irowing experi- 
» for me. I hope 
asn't been pain- 

jXre you frightened of a responsibility the Lord has 
|n you? Maybe this is the first time you've held a 
ticular office in your council or district and you 
not sure if you can handle it. There is only one 
[' you can— by helplessly depending on the Lord. 
can help you to accomplish what you could not 
alone, even the things which frighten you. 
'fruitful is another to describe this WMC year. As 
al, WMC women across the nation have been 
ily engaged in hundreds of projects. National 
|1C board meetings preceding conference are always 
jjresting for me as the district presidents list the 
jects in which the ladies of their districts have 
n involved. Ministering to the sick, bereaved and 
t-in; welcoming new babies, brides and members; 
ding packages, cards and letters to college stu- 
its— those in the military and Brethren Student 
8 Volunteers; serving in the nursery, church 
:hen and at work days; working in Vacation Bible 
lool, camp and Sunday school; providing and 
king toys for the nursery, dish towels, aprons. 
Its for missionaries, canned goods and supplies for 
Navajo mission; being prayer warriors for our 
ace Brethren missions— home and foreign, writing 
ters and sending gifts to missionaries; and the list 
IS on and on. 

Fruitful can describe our efforts as a national or- 
lization this year. We were able to provide a 
ch-needed and appreciated four-wheel drive 
licle for church planting at the Navajo mission. We 
ped fund the refurbishing of seating in McClain 
ditorium on Grace Campus. The hodgepodge of 
)-matched pews and theater seats has been re- 
ced with lovely, all alike, padded pews. We helped 
provide funds for down payments on mission resi- 
ices in our new field of England. We helped to sup- 
rt the director of SMM and gave a $500 scholarship 
Grace College for the SMM Girl-of-the-Year. We 
ped to support Grace Brethren Jewish Missions 
th our Jewish Thank Offering and honored five 
ssionary women with our Birthday Offering. How 
3ut it, ladies! Doesn't that make you feel that 
/IC deserved an "F" for Fruitful? I certainly do! 
Closely akin to Fruitful is Finances. At home, at 
irk, at church, in any organization, finances are a 
ijor concern. Let's take a look at national WMC 
ances this year. 

(Continued in next month's issue) 

Given to Hospitality 

James S. Gribble, one of our pioneer missionaries 
to Africa, was on a recruiting mission in the United 
States. He wrote a letter to his wife. Dr. Florence 
Newberry Gribble, in which he told about being in a 
small country church in Virginia. After he spoke and 
showed his lantern slides, no one invited him home 
for the night. He made a bed as best as he could on a 
hard bench using the sheet for his pictures as a cover- 
ing. The fuel for the stove in the middle of the church 
was gone, but he found a hatchet and chopped some 
dry limbs from a tree and then found some coal along 
the nearby railroad tracks. No one exercised the gift 
of hospitality ... if they had it. 

Some while later, he was in the First Brethren 
Church of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and after that 
service he was invited to a farm home. The next night 
he asked for lives willing to go to Africa as mission- 
aries. The oldest child of his host, then in high school, 
presented herself for "whenever and wherever" the 
Lord led, she was willing. She then went on to college 
and majored in the French language, for that was and 
still is the official language of the C.A.R. After teach- 
ing in the public schools for several years to pay her 
father back for her college education, she married. 

For two terms she served as president of the 
national Women's Missionary Council, and for fifty 
years she was a faithful and supporting pastor's wife. 
She never set foot in Africa, but she was an inspira- 
tion to many who went. Her name was H. Maurine 
Hostetler Schaffer. 

In the old Air Force Chaplain's Character Guid- 
ance Lecture books I read "If you want to get 
acquainted with the best people in the world, know a 
foreign missionary." 

Keep your home open for missionaries. Let the 
children get acquainted with the best people in all 
this wov\d.-Wi/liam H. Scf)affer ■ 

; WIMC SEPTEMBER '84 27 i 

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Foeus on Faeulty 

Theodore Hildebrandt 

Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies 
(Grace College) 
Birthdate: July 10, 1951 
Salvation: as a young man 
Education: Houghton College, 1969-70 

B.A. Mathematics, Electrical Engineering, 
State University of New York at 

M.Div., S.T.M., Old Testament, Biblical 
Theological Seminary 

institute of Holy Land Studies 

Grace Theological Seminary, Old Testa- 
ment Studies, 1979-present 
Favorite Topics of Discussion: Hebrew 

poetry, Israel, my children, computer ap- 
plications to the Bible 
Favorite Biblical Books: Psalms, Proverbs, 

Favorite Scripture: Habakkuk 3:17-18, 

Proverbs 10:12 
Favorite Subject to Teach: Old Testament 

Literature, Bible Geography 
Joined Grace Faculty: 1979 
Marriage: January 27, 1974, to Annette 

Children: Rebekah (4), Natanya (1) 
Hobbles: Remodeling homes, tennis, writing 

Latest Accomplishment: Developing an easy 

New Testament memorization technique 

George J. Zemek, Jr. 

Associate Professor of Old Testament and 
Homiletics (Grace Seminary) 

Birthdate: April 9, 1942 

Salvation: 1966 

Education: B.A,, Grace College 

M.Div., Grace Theological Seminary 
Th.M., Grace Theological Seminary 
Th.D., Grace Theological Seminary 

Favorite Topics of Discussion: Theology and 

Favorite Biblical Books: Psalms, Habakkuk, 
John, Romans 

Favorite Scripture: Psalm 119 

Favorite Subject to Teach: Theology, Apolo- 
getics, Greek and Hebrew Exegesis 

Joined Grace Faculty: 1975 (part-time), 
1977 (full-time) 

Marriage: July 16, 1966, to Judy Coleman 

Hobbies: Fishing 

Latest Accomplishment: Th.D. Dissertation 


A Blessing to Grace Schools 

American Telephone and Telegraph 

Cleveland Electric Illuminating Co. 

First Interstate Bank 

B. F. Goodrich Co. 

Goodyear Tire and Rubber 

The Hershey Foundation 

The Mitre Corporation 

The NCR Foundation 

Parker-Hanmifin Corporation 

Phillips Petroleum Foundation 

Pittsburgh Plate Glass 

jfP'C' SEPTEMBER '84 29^^^ 




New^ Faces In 
Different Places 

Dr. Ronald T. Clutter 

Lisa Goodman 



Some additions liave been made to our faculty and 
staff for tine 1984-85 school year, as well as the re- 
assignment of familiar personnel. 

Dr. Ronald T. Clutter has joined the seminary 
faculty as assistant professor in theology and church 
history. He has taught for the last seven years at the 
Bible Baptist College of Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. 
He also has had numerous years of pastoral experi- 
ence in Texas, New York, and Pennsylvania. Dr. 
Clutter is a graduate of Whitworth College and has 
earned graduate degrees from Southwestern Baptist 
Seminary (M.R.E.) and Dallas Seminary (Th.M., 
Th.D). The Clutter family includes his wife. Sue, and 
two sons— Justin (10), and Calvin (7). 

Rev. Bruce Barlow has served as associate pastor of 
the Grace Brethren Church in Martinsburg, Pennsyl- 
vania, for the past six years. He has now been ap- 
pointed associate dean of students in the college. 
Bruce and his wife, Christie (nee Coldren), are both 
1978 Grace College graduates. They have been active 
in the leadership of Operation Barnabas teams for the 
FGBC Christian Education Department. Bruce has 
also recently been the editor of CE's youth programs. 
He has been very active in community affairs and in 
the district and national youth activities of the 
FGBC. The Barlows have a two-year-old daughter, 
Hillary Leigh. 

Lisa Goodman has been named the new dean of 
women for the college. Her experience as residence 
hall director and administrative assistant at Fort 
Wayne Bible College were key factors in her appoint- 
ment. Lisa graduated cum laude from Grace College 
in 1980 and from the Grace Seminary Biblical Coun- 
seling program in 1984. Lisa looks forward to utiliz- 
ing her training in discipleship and counseling in her 
new position. 

Michael Boze has been moved into a full-time posi- 
tion with the college. After graduation in 1979 from 
the college, Mike went on to Ball State University and 
received an M.A. in speech in 1980. He has been busy 
with part-time positions at Grace College and at 
Grace Brethren Home Missions. His new role will em- 
ploy him in the college speech department as well as 
the school's development department as director of 
media and publications, 

Denny Brown has moved from the development 
department to college admissions, where he is func- 
tioning as associate director. ■ 


Rev. Bruce Barlow, 
Christie, and Hillary Leigh 

Michael Boze 


Winona Lake Christian Assembly 
Begins Rejuvenation 

Ronald J. Busch of Grand Rapids, Michigan, has 
accepted the newly created position of executive di- 
rector of the Winona Lake (Indiana) Christian As- 
sembly, as announced by Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr. The 
appointment concludes a lengthy and extensive 
search for someone to fill the post as the first step in 

the rejuvenation of the Bible conference ministry. 

Mr. Busch has been on the faculty of Grand 
Rapids Baptist College for 14 years as associate pro- 
fessor of speech and for the last 11 years has also 
served as assistant director of the Gull Lake Bible and 
Missionary Conference in Michigan. A graduate of 
Chesaning Union High School (Mich.), he then 
pursued studies at Grand Rapids Baptist College, re- 
ceiving a Bachelor of Religious Education in Bible. He 
received a Master's Degree in Communication Arts 
and Sciences from Western Michigan University and is 
currently a Ph.D. candidate in Speech Communica- 
tion at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. At 
the dissertation stage, he anticipates finishing this 

He brings to his new position experience in youth 
and family programming and an interest in reviving 
the Bible conference ministry of Winona Lake. Area 
members of the WLCA who have the heart and bur- 
den for this work helped confirm his commitment to 
build a "dynamic, Christ-centered, family-oriented 

ministry." ,„ ^. , _„, 

(Continued on page 32) 


l||il(t schools 

200 Seminary Drive 
Winona Lake, IN 46590 


In Memory of: 

Mary Bentz 
Ralph Christy 
Myrtle Cooley 
Victor Coulson 

Carl and Lula Furst 
David Gee 
Geneva G. Kuhn 
Sewell Landrum 
Frank McGraw 
Charles Petrucick 
Leila Polman 

Ralph John Sholly 
Robert Wilcox son 

Given by: 

Rev. and Mrs. John Burns 

Rev. William H. Schaffer 

Rev. and Mrs. Gerald Twombly 

Harrah Brethren Church 

Mr. and Mrs. Neil Paden 

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Peugh 

Mrs. Evelyn Uphouse 

Mr. and Mrs. Marion D. Clark 

Mrs. Ruby Swesey 

Rev. William H. Schaffer 

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Peugh 

Mrs. Pearl Petrucick 

Rev. and Mrs. Maxwell Brenneman 

Rev. and Mrs. David Griffith 

Rev. and Mrs. Thomas Hammers 

Rev. William H. Schaffer 

Mrs. Lorys Witter 

Miss Mary Jane Witter 

Rev. and Mrs. Gordon Bracker 

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Isham 

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Pershing 

Mr. and Mrs. George Windier 

Mr. and Mrs. Clark Wolters 


Chouette counselors Jacqueline Julien from Burgundy, and Rose 
Hennigfeld from Paris, pose with the youngest Chouettes— Nathan 
Simpson, Allison Jackson, Rebekeh Hildebrandt, Neely Bagwell, Brandi 
Raber, Tim Westerhof, Hannah Dawson and Carmen Mock. 


Gerber tries 
Ted and Ton 

to get the French words in before counselor, Tom 
1 Westerhof and Jason Snively. 

"Chouette" in French is a superlative 
used for anything that is fun or enjoyable, 
and Warsaw area children have discovered 
that learning French could be fun. For 
two weeks the Chouette French Day 
Camp on the Grace College campus 
hosted 42 boys and girls from ages 5 to 13 
in an intensive French atmosphere. 
Singing, sports, games, crafts and class- 
room activities provided variety and spice 
to language learning. All camp counselors 
were French-speaking, coming to Warsaw 
from exotic places like Paris, Savoy, 
Burgundy, and Morocco. Campers could 
be assured their pronunciation was correct 
from their first "bonjour." The program 
was coordinated and directed by Dr. 
James Nesbitt, associate professor of 
Modern Languages and Missions at Grace 

Winona Lake Christian Assembly Begins Rejuvenation (Continued from page 31) 

Immediate goals include contacting area churches 
that have been supportive of the conferences over the 
years to continue to build on those bridges. This past 
summer he purposed to get to know the groups and 
the people that regularly frequent the conference 
grounds to encourage renewed commitment to 
support its programs. Although no major conferences 
were added this summer, the new director would like 
to see at least one Winona Lake sponsored conference 
activity take place and reestab- 
lish its own ministry and pro- 
vide something unique to 
Winona Lake. Over the next 
years, he would like to see the 
addition of one Winona Lake 
conference week each sum- 

mer (a total of 5 by 1990) in addition to the regularly 
scheduled out-of-town conference groups. Other long- 
range plans would include the development of a year- 
round conference retreat center, with hopes of work- 
ing in an "off-season" ministry as quickly as possible 
to complement the summer schedule. 

Ron and his wife, Francine, have recently moved 
to the area with their three children: Doug (13), 
Michele (10), and Stephen (6). 


P. O. Box 544 

Winona Lai<e, IN 46590 






1985 Grace Brethren National Conference 

August 10-16, Estes Park, Colorado 

Plan to attend! 

Reflections By Still Waters 

Problems A^ith the Unexpected 

or Jellyfish in the 





Charles W. Turner 


For the past several years it 
seems that my Evening News has 
been dominated by the sight of pro- 
testers at the various nuclear power 
plants throughout the world. The 
English, French, Japanese, Swedish, 
and American nuclear power plants 
have had their fair share of visitors. 
Carrying signs and sometimes crawl- 
ing over the fences, the protesters 
have made known their personal 
dislike for such installations. 

The protest movement gained 
much momentum when the Three 
Mile Island plant in Pennsylvania 
had a near tragedy. With all of the 
negative press, people saw the awe- 
some possibility of a major tragedy 

H V .--,■ v! 

in a heavy populated area. The pro- 
test became longer and louder and 
the number of protesters increased. 
The results have been mixed with 
delayed closings in some areas and 
no effect in others. 

However, with all of the plan- 
ning and protesting going on, there 
has been a closing of the Florida 
Power and Light nuclear site in 
Fort Pierce, Florida. The protesters, 
or at least the effective "closers" of 
the plant, came by sea. This is a dif- 
ferent approach and they came in 
awesome numbers. No one really 

knows how many there were or 
why they appeared, but they came 
en masse, or whatever fish do when 
they get together. The St. Lucie 
power plant had literally billions of 
jellyfish band together. The school 
was two miles long and an esti- 
mated seven miles wide, and they 
clogged up the screens that filter 
the sea water. Results— CLOSED 
at the cost of $T2 million a day. 

The jellyfish did in a few hours 
what could not be accomplished by 
men with all of their plans and ef- 
forts. So it goes in life. We lay out 
our plans and are all set for action, 
but for some reason, unknown to 
us, there is a problem— a totally un- 
seen problem that undoes it all. We 
figuratively organize our protest 
march and no one seems to hear 
or even wants to listen. What can 
be wrong with the strategy? There 
seems to be no answer, but it just 
does not work. Then along come 
the "jellyfish," the unplanned part 
of the plan, and all of a sudden the 
intended goal is accomplished. 

I can recall many of my plans 
that seemed so good and wise that 
have come to naught and then a 
"jellyfish" plan worked. There 
must be some divine reason for our 
great wisdom not working. I rather 
feel that God often sees that we are 
confounded in our wisdom so that 
He might be able to show that it is 
not us but Him that gets the work 
accomplished. Yes, He wants our 
efforts and our output, but it is He 
who does the accomplishing. 

Maybe you, too, have set out 
knowing everything was all planned 
for accomplishment and God sent 
along the "jellyfish." How do you 
deal with a two-mile wide and seven- 
mile long problem? I guess the 
answer is "Not very well, thank 





Vol.46 No. 10 October 1984 

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Editor, Charles Turner 
Managing Editor, Kenneth Herman 
Artist, Mary Jane Fretz 
Editorial Secretary, Omega Sandy 
Departmental Editors: 
Christian Education: 

Ed Lewis, Brad Skiles 
Foreign Missions: 

John Zielasko, Nora Macon 
Grace Sctioois: 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr. 
Denny Brown 
Home iVIissions: 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer, Liz Cutler 
Women's Missionary Councii: 
Nora Macon 


6 The Love of Christ Compels Us 

7 Home Mission Pastors Honored 

8 GBHMC Update 

10 GBNM Builder Is a Graduate of God's Training School 

12 Stepping Out for the Harvest 

14 Print a Sango Book 

16 Opportunities, Weariness, and Reaping 

19 1984 Missions Church of the Year 

20 Spotlight on Mexico 
22 CE News & Services 
24 GBC Youth 

26 WMC President's National Address - 1984 

29 WMC Pen Pointers 

30 Discovery Dugout 

32 Christian Children's Literature Endowment 

33 Focus on Faculty 

bnih features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 
• Feature Article 4 • BMH News Report 34 

lepcrted in the herald 

35 YEARS AGO - 1949 

The new Brethren high school near Long 
Beach, California, was dedicated. Faculty of 
the grade and high school included; Flory, 
Rodgers, Allison, Story, Slack, Fulkerson, 
Nelson, Thon, Mulloy, Murphy, Pieper, 
Price, Harmonson, and Skofstad. 

15 YEARS AGO - 1969 

Dr. Homer Kent, Jr., was named Vice 
President of Grace Schools, according to an 
announcement made by the board of 
trustees. . . . The U.S. Congress on Evangel- 
ism met in Minneapolis with 95 denomina- 
tions represented. Included in the group 
were the following Brethren: Glenn O'Neal, 
John Terrell, Clyde Landrum, George Peek, 
Richard McNeely, and Bill Smith. 

5 YEARS AGO - 1979 

Jesse Humberd, Wayne Snider and 
Donald Ogden began their twenty-fifth year 
of service with Grace Schools. . . . Mike 
Ostrander was named National Director of 
the Grace Brethren Boys. 


Dear Editor, 

I was very disappointed in the article by 
Rev. Shumaker [sic] in the last Herald. The 
tragedy is men who have been raised since 
the Bible was ruled out of the school to- 
gether with the opportunity to pray, do not 
realize the real issue has nothing to do with 
the State having a formal prayer. The real 
issue is we have been gradually having our 
freedoms taken from us and if we do not 
wake up we will have less freedom of re- 
ligion than they do in communist countries. 
In Poland, when they were told they could 
not have religious images, the student body 
rebelled and many images appeared. Here in 
America little six- and seven-year-old chil- 
dren are ordered by their principle (sic) to 
not have a prayer before meals and no one 
raises a voice in protest.— California 

Cover photo by Charles W. Turner 




The Devil at Work 
in the Chureh 

by Bernard N. Schneider 

"And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and 
upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates 
of hell [hades] shall not prevail against it" (Matt. 

Simon Peter had just declared that he believed 
Jesus to be the Son of God, the Christ whom God 
had sent to be the Saviour. This confession pleased 
Jesus greatly, and He recognized it as the work of 
God. He then announced the divine plan of 
building His Church upon the foundation of the 
truth which Peter had confessed and added the 
prediction that even the gates of hell would not be 
able to defeat it. 

The word "Church" (Ekklesia) is used to describe 
different things. In the Bible it is never used of a 
church building as we use it today. Its primary 
usage is to describe the body of Christ which is 
made up of all born-again souls who share His life 
and nature, from Pentecost to His Second Coming. 
It is also used of local congregations of people who 
are organized to carry on the Lord's task for the 
Church. Such a local church may have in it both sav- 
ed and unsaved members. The inspired writers of 
the New Testament viewed the local church or con- 
gregation as a miniature of the whole body of Chris- 
tians. This fact gives us a third meaning of the 
Church, that of the whole mixed multitude of saved 
and unsaved church members who constitute the 
organized Church in the world at any given time. 
This is the Church that the world sees, which also is 
known as "Christendom." 

God's purpose for the Church in this age is to 
evangelize all the world. The Church is to preach 
the Gospel and bear witness to Christ her Saviour 
and Lord. As people respond and receive Christ by 
faith, they are added to the true Church. Thus God 
is calling out of this world a people for His name. 

The devil is 100 percent opposed to God's work 
of saving man from sin. Since God is working 
through the Church, Satan carries on a constant 
campaign of destroying, hindering and undermining 
the effectiveness of the Church in her God- 

appointed task. In this unrelenting opposition Satan 
uses all the powers at his disposal in the world, and 
all his secret agents within the Church, to try and 
defeat her. Our Lord implied that He foresaw 
Satan's opposition against the Church when He 
predicted that "the gates of hell shall not prevail 
against it" (Matt. 16:18). It is interesting to compare 
the different renderings by the translators of the 
New Testament. The following are of special note: 
"The powers of death shall not subdue \t' 
(Goodspeed). "The powers of death shall never 
overpower it" (New English Bible). "The power of 
the underworld shall never over throw it" 
(Williams). "The might of Hades shall not triumph 
over it" (Weymouth). 

The "gates of hell" are the powers of evil spirits 
who are under the control of Satan. They seek to 
destroy the true Church, but Christ is calling her to 
be His very own, and He never fails. The Church has 
been attacked underminded, hindered, divided, 
and weakened, but she has not been destroyed. 
There were times through the dark centuries of the 
Middle Ages when her testimony seemed almost 
gone, but the Lord always had His own remnant 
who held aloft the Light of the Lord. And after 
almost 2,000 years of hell's onslaught, the Church is 
still very much alive in spite of all the devices Satan 
has used against her. 

As we study the New Testament and the history 
of the Church through the past 19 centuries, we 
discover that Satan in his warfare has been using 
four different tactics in his overall strategy. These 
basic tactics are: 

I. Destruction of the Church through Persecu- 


II. Perversion of the Message of the Church 

through False Doctrine 

III. Paralyzing the Church through Compromise 

with the World 

IV. Embarrassing the Church through Strife and 




These tactics are very different one from the 
other. The first and the third are complete op- 
posites. They are all employed by Satan today, but 
they are not new, for they were all used by him in 
the first 40 years of the existence of the Church. He 
will use the one that will do the most damage and 
is the most likely to succeed at any place in the 
world where the true Church is effectively bringing 
souls in contact with Jesus Christ. 

I. Destruction of the Church through Persecution 

"Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: 
behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, 
that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation 
ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give 
thee the crown of life" (Rev. 2:10). 

These words of our Lord were addressed to the 
church at Smyrna. The Book of Acts reports many 
vicious endeavors by the ruling powers in 
Jerusalem to stop believers there from promoting 
the Gospel. The Church was outlawed, and those 
who continued to speak up for Christ were ar- 
rested, imprisoned, often beaten and tortured, and 
sometimes killed. All of this is well known, but what 
is often overlooked is the fact that behind these 
persecutions is Satan who seeks to destroy the 
Church. He is the spiritual leader of this world and 
uses the powers of government to forbid the 
preaching of the Gospel wherever he can. 

1. Our Lord forewarned His followers of coming 
persecution. ". . . but because ye are not of the 
world, but I have chosen you out of the world, 
therefore the world hateth you. Remember the 
word that I have said unto you. The servant is not 
greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, 
they will also persecute you" (John 15:19-20). 
"These things have I spoken unto you, that ye 
should not be offended. They shall put you out of 
the synagogues; yea, the time cometh, that 
whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God 
service" (John 16:1-2). "These things I have spoken 
unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the 
world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good 
cheer: I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). 

These warnings were given the disciples on the 
night before the crucifixion. It is obvious that our 
Lord wanted them to remember what He had told 
them, lest they be shocked when the mighty storm 
of hatred and violence would come down on them. 

2. As soon as the Church was born, open persecu- 
tion began through the Jewish leaders. Peter and 
John were arrested a few days after Pentecost (Acts 
4:1-3). A few days later the apostles were arrested 
on the order of the High Priest (Acts 5:17-18), and 
the next day the first beating was administered to 
them (Acts 5:40-41). 

The persecution of the early Christians erupted in- 
to full fury when Stephen was stoned to death after 
a sort of trial before the Council, which was presid- 
ed over by the High Priest (Acts 6:8-15; 7:1, 54-60). 
The stoning of Stephen precipitated an all-out cam- 

paign by the Jewish authorities to silence the young 
Church once and for all. The sacred record records 
it in a few terse sentences. "And Saul was consent- 
ing unto his [Stephen's] death. And at that time 
there was a great persecution against the church 
which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered 
abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and 
Samaria, except the apostles. ... As for Saul, he 
made havoc of the church, entering into every 
house, and haling men and women committed 
them to prison" (Acts 8:1, 3). "And Saul, yet 
breathing out threatenings and slaughter against 
the disciples of the Lord . . ." (Acts 9:1). 

Soon the persecution took on a more 
authoritative character when King Herod officially 
took a hand in putting Christians to death. "Now 
about that time Herod the King stretched forth his 
hands to vex certain of the church. And he killed 
James the brother of John with the sword. And 
because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he pro- 
ceeded further to take Peter also" (Acts 12:1-3). 

3. Persecution by Gentile powers was soon to 
follow. For the first 30 years the persecution of the 
Church was almost entirely the work of the Jews 
against Jewish Christians, under the leadership of 
the Sanhedrin, the assembly of men who held a 
combination of religious and political authority 
over the Jews. During those early days there was no 
official antagonism against the Church from the 
government of Rome. There were local outbreaks 
of Gentile opposition against Christians such as Paul 
and his companions experienced in almost every ci- 
ty where they preached the Gospel. That even the 
churches which had been established in Europe 
were subjected to open persecution can be observ- 
ed from reading Paul's first letter to the church at 
Thessalonica (cf. I Thess. 2:14-16). 

The most terrible persecution of the Church 
began in the year A.D. 64, when the Roman Empire 
officially entered the battle and was used of Satan 
in a ruthless struggle to obliterate the Christian faith 
from the earth. This open warfare began with Nero, 
following the terrible fire of Rome. The news leak- 
ed out that Nero had set the fire himself, and when 
he was unable to convince the populace of his in- 
nocence, he accused the Christians of having set 
the city on fire. I believe both Peter and Paul speak 
of that persecution in their letters (cf. I Peter 
4:12-19; II Tim. 4:6). 

The persecution was carried on under the public 
banner of a revival of the old national religions of 
Rome, which centered around emperor worship. 
Believers were brought into court and questioned 
as to whether they were Christians. If they admitted 
they were, they were ordered to renounce their 
allegiance to Christ by repeating a prepared "in- 
vocation of the gods," and by offering wine or in- 
cense on the statue of the emperor. Those who did 
not comply were "punished." If they were Roman 
citizens, their punishment usually was death by be- 

(Continued on page 35.) 


OCTOBER '84 ' 

The Love of Christ Compels Us 

By Russ Dunlap 

Director, Grace Brethren Missions Stewardship Service 

In my report to the boards of both the Grace 
Brethren Home Missions Council and the 
Grace Brethren Foreign Missionary Society, I 
pointed out that during the last five years, 
1,249 members of Grace Brethren churches 
have passed away. During the same period. 
Foreign Missions received 19 bequests 
(something left by will) and Home Missions 
received 18. The names of those leaving funds 
were not readily available, so it could not be 
determined how many of these had left to 
both organizations. Even so, only 19 to 37 total 
bequests were received in the five years. 

Assuming one half of the deaths would be 
the first spouse, then the other half would be 
the surviving spouse or a single person. (Most 
bequests are received after a surviving spouse 
or single person dies.) Therefore, of about 624 
of these, only 19 to 37 left anything to missions 
for the purpose of carrying the Gospel to the 
lost of fslorth America and the World. 

The title of this article is the theme of our 




95th annual conference, which is being held as 
I write this. A great emphasis is being placed 
on evangelism and making disciples of the lost, 
both here at home and overseas. Tears have 
been shed, hearts have been moved and 
young people have dedicated themselves to 
go. All of this will take money. Yet, as Grace 
Brethren blessed by God, only one of 17 to 33 
members are honoring Him in their wills and 
estates to help meet the Great Commission. 

Some might say, my children need what I 
have! Recently, a widow of a former Grace 
Brethren pastor died. They had been great ser- 
vants of God and have children who have 
followed their footsteps into the ministry. 
These children could have all used their estate. 
However, a generous portion of what God had 
blessed this couple with went to His work, and 
the rest to their children. They had also taken 
out several annuities with our national boards. 
As I looked at what they had done, despite 
(Continued on page 9.) 

Rev. Mark Henning 

Home Mission 



Six pastors were recognized by the 
Grace Brethren Home Missions Coun- 
cil, Inc. for outstanding leadership in 
their local churches in 1983. Receiving 
plaques during the Harvest Luncheon 
at the National Conference of the 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 
were Rev. James Hunt, roving church 
planter, New England; Dr. John W. 
Mayes, Longview, TX; Rev. Mark Hen- 
ning, Albuquerque, NM; Rev. Brian 
Smith, Riverside, CA; Rev. Kenneth 
Koontz, Orange City, FL; and Rev. 
James Snavely, Avis, PA. 

The recognition was given upon the 
recommendation of the field secretary 
in each particular area of the country. 
Among the criteria considered were 
evangelism and calling program, lay 
leadership development, effective 
organization and delegation of respon- 
sibility, maintenance of building and 
grounds, cooperative spirit, effective 
problem solving and decision making, 
church giving patterns and fund 
management, and public preaching 
and teaching ministries. ■ 

Rev. James Snavely 



Members of the Community Grace Brethren Church — Suntree gathered in 
late May to dedicate their newly purchased three acres of land. 

Melbourne Congregation 
Dedicates Land 

The Community Grace Brethren 
Church - Suntree, Melbourne, FL, 
gathered in late July to dedicate 
their newly purchased three acres 
of land. "The tent we used to 
shelter us was nicely filled," 
reports Pastor William Tweed- 
dale. "There was a real sense of 
expectancy felt by the congrega- 
tion." At the end of the morning 
service, the group joined hands to 
symbolize their common bond 
and desire to be used of God in 
the work. 

The property is located on the 
north edge of Suntree, a planned 
country club community. North of 
the property is a tract of land in 
which 800 mid-priced homes will 
also be constructed. "It is hard to 
explain the dynamic feeling that is 
here," notes Pastor Tweeddale. 
"Growth is on every side of us. 
We have a great group of people 
and we are trusting the Lord for 
great things." 

Although the Grace Brethren 
church is known to be conser- 
vative, it is certainly ahead of its 
time in locating the first church in 
the Suntree community, accord- 
ing to Tweeddale. The area is 
slated to be a town of 35,000 peo- 
ple in the near future. It has at- 
tracted many working people 
because of its strong industrial 
base and also ideal climate. An in- 
dustrial park a few miles away is 
also attracting industry, and the 
area is becoming headquarters to 
several major corporations. 

"We need prayer from the Grace 
Brethren for this undertaking," 
says the pastor. "The forward 
movement of the community, the 
mobility of middle management 
people, the high standard of living 
provide a real challenge to the 
Grace Brethren Church," he adds. 
"We have a ground floor oppor- 
tunity with almost unlimited 
potential." ■ 

New Church 


In Maine 

A new Grace Brethren Church 
has been formed in Maine. 
Located at Brunswick, the new 
congregation is the first Grace 
Brethren testimony in the state. 

"We have four families who are 
completely 100 percent commit- 
ted to building a Grace Brethren 
Church," explained Pastor Jim 
Hunt, the roving church planter 
who is helping the church form. 
One family is from the Tiadaghton 
Valley Grace Brethren Church in 
Avis, PA (also a home mission 
point), while others have recently 
left a legalistic congregation. 

Evening worship services began 
in July with Pastor Jim Hunt in the 
pulpit. A Sunday School is held in 
the morning, led by laymen in the 
church. (Hunt drives to Brunswick 
each Sunday from Saratoga, NY). 
A building in which they can meet, 
located near the center of the 
town, has been rented. 

In late August, the Brunswick 
group hosted a joint communion 
and baptism service with the 
other New England Churches. 
Traveling to Maine for the service 
were representatives of Grace 
Brethren Churches in Saratoga, 
NY; Island Pond, VT; Newport, VT; 
and Irasburg, VT. 

Brunswick is a community of 
about 25,000 people and is 
located on the coast. While there 
are many evangelical churches in 
the area, many of them are 
legalistic, according to Hunt. "A 
lot of people are familiar with go- 
ing to church," he notes. "If s just a 
matter of offering them 
something," he added. ■ 




New Home Mission Points Added 

Two new Home Mission points 
have been added to the roster of 
the Grace Brethren Honne Mis- 
sions Council. Support to two new 
Grace Brethren churches in 
Wasilla, AK, and East Helena, MT, 
will begin in January, 1985, 
according to Dr. Lester E. Pifer, ex- 
ecutive secretary. That decision 
was announced following the 

summer meetings of the Home 
Missions board of directors. 

Pastor Randy Christie and his 
wife, Teresa, have been planting a 
church at East Helena for more 
than a year. Beginning with only 
themselves, they have developed 
the work into a regular weekly 
Bible class, with the goal of 
establishing a Grace Brethren 


Pastor Chris Hayes and his family 
have arrived in Wasilla, which is 
near Anchorage, to develop a 
new Grace Brethren Church there. 
The new work in being estab- 
lished through a cooperative ef- 
fort with the Arctic District. The 
Hayes previously ministered in 
Ashland, OH. ■ 

Mortgage Burning 
Ceremony — The 

Grace Brethren 
Church of Orange 
City, FL, met in May 
to burn the mortgage 
for their property. Par- 
ticipating in the ser- 
vice are, left to right. 
Pastor Kenneth 
Koontz, Dennis 
Heckert, Clay Hadley, 
Suzanne Kroagman, 
and Bill Matthews. 

The Love of Christ Compels Us (Continued from page 6.) 

being in a pastorate with limited income over 
the years, God truly did bless them. Why not? 
They honored God with what He had put into 
their hands; He knew they were faithful 
stewards. I'm sure He has said, "Well done, 
thou good and faithful stewards." 

Others might say, "I don't have much!" 
However, who gave the most as Jesus watched 
the people giving their offerings? Yes, the 
widow with the two small coins which were 
equal to about one-fourth cent of our money. 
Yet Jesus called his disciples over to see what 
had been done. This dear widow had given all 
she had, her very living. You may not have 

much, but I'm sure God will be well pleased 
with whatever you have. 

You may have some other reason for not 
leaving anything in your will for the work of 
missions. If so, I suggest you tell God about it. 
This may be okay with Him, and maybe not! 
That, of course, is between you and Him. 

Some of these 1,249 people may have plan- 
ned to include missions in their will, but now it 
is too late for them. Will it be too late for you? 

If you need help, please contact me in care of 
Grace Brethren Missions Stewardship Service, 
Box 587, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. I will be 
glad to assist you. ■ 




GBIV9I Builder Is a Graduate 
of God's Training Sehool 

Tom McDonald went to East 
Pakistan (now Bangladesh) in 
1963 to build a hospital, 
nurses' dorms, a large 
meeting place and a small 
school. But he found himself 
serving as "doctor." 

"We had a man with his ear 
cut off and we sewed it back 
on. And then there was the 
man who had been attacked 
by a tiger. He had a three- 
cornered tear through his 
cheek. You could see his 
teeth and he had big lacera- 
tions on his head and fang 
marks in his neck. They 
brought him to us so bloody 
and with sand sticking to the 

"My son Fenton, my wife 
Otiine and I started working 
on him at seven o'clock in the 
morning and we finished at 
one o'clock in the afternoon. 
We were so exhausted that 
all three of us had to go to 
bed. But the man lived, thank 
God. And we think we'll see a 
few Moslems in heaven 
because of that experience." 

Tom McDonald wasn't 
saved until he was 35 years 
old and he regrets all those 
years he lost. But he 
recognizes the Lord's hand on 
his life preparing him for tasks 
that lay ahead. 

"While I was in high school, 
I worked as a fountain boy in 
a drug store. A doctor had his 
office in the back of the store. 
He took a liking to me and I 

by Mary Thompson 

would talk with him about 
surgical procedures. I learned 
to fill prescriptions under the 
guidance of a registered phar- 
macist. Then in the Navy, I 
was in the medics. All of that 
was training for the 20 to 60 
patients a day that we handl- 
ed in Bangladesh. This was on 
top of involvement in the 
building construction." 

Tom and Olline are long- 
time members of the North 
Long Beach, Calif., Brethren 
Church. They began attending 
there at the invitation of a 
friend soon after Tom became 
a Christian. He says, "We 

heard things that we'd never 
heard before. We were so ex- 
cited and so interested. We 
were there in Mabel Peek's 
class and Mabel is a real good 
Bible teacher. Then George 
(Dr. George Peek, former 
long-time pastor at North 
Long Beach Brethren) is une- 
equaled in expository 
preaching. Through the years 
we've become pretty 
knowledgeable in the Word 
because of their leading and 
our own studies on the side. 
We've listened to good radio 
Bible teachers too." 

(Continued on page 13.) 

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas R. McDonald 




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M -5(37 * WimaLaKe, IN ♦ 46390 

By Rev. William Smith 

Eastern Field Secretary 

Grace Brethren Home Missions 

Reaching Out 
in Faith 
for the 

Tragically, some Christians have never 
stretched their wings; they have never really 
launched themselves into their new life. They 
are capable of much more than they are doing. 

The key words such as Bountiful, Reaping, 
Harvest, Results used these past five years by 
Grace Brethren Home Missions have caused us 
to strain our muscles and do more than is ex- 
pected or required of us. The challenge of the 
Word of God to "Reach Ouf has motivated us 
time and time again. 

it may be that you have been comfortable in 
your condition but you know that there is so 
much more available to you as a child of God. 
You can enjoy harvest, results, victories by 
learning these Biblical teachings. 

1. Believe in a big God. 

We can act, plan and pray with the 
knowledge "If God be for us, who can be 
against us?" (Rom. 8:31). The statement "If I 
knew I could not fail — what would I do?" may 

not be so breathtaking when you hear words 
like — "And God is able to make all grace 
abound toward you, that ye, always having all 
sufficiency in all things, may abound to every 
good work." 

Believing in a big God produces the question 
— what would be a great thing for me to do 
with my life? 

2. Know where you are going. 

What are your goals? Short-range and long- 
range goals: for marriage, for school, for God's 
service, for pastoring, for soul winning. What 
kind of a value system do you have? Suppose 
you are suddenly faced with a fire in your 
home: you only have time to rescue seven 
items — what would they be? "This one thing I 
do, forgetting those things which are behind, 
and reaching forth unto those things which are 
before, I press toward the mark for the prize of 
the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 




Be committed to a cause. 

Put your faith on the line. Get out of the 
bleachers and onto the playing field. Enormous 
spiritual forces are unleashed as you commit 
yourself in action to Jesus Christ. "Commit thy 
works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be 
established" (Prov. 16:3). 

Total commitment involves risk but the cause 
makes the risk minimal. 

4. Follow through. 

A major source of personal fatigue and lack 
of human energy, excitement and enthusiasm 
is caused by the lack of commitment. Lord, I 
am so committed that I am not going to look at 

The sowing and reaping will not get done if 
the worker is looking for ideal conditions. 

"He that observeth the wind shall not sow, 
and he that regardeth the clouds shall not 
reap" (Ecc. 11:4). 

Reaching out for the harvest takes time. We 
have been involved in a massive program of 
planting and harvesting. This endeavor has had 
such large dimensions that we have asked the 
entire Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 
to stand with us. 

For the past five years, our Corporation has 

developed these five steps of Harvest Faith. 

Plant the seed. 

Water the seed. 

Nourish the seed. 

Create proper climate. 

Harvest the seed. 

The results of this campaign have been grati- 
fying: people have come to know Jesus Christ 
as their personal Saviour, Bible classes have 
been started, new churches have been 
organized, testimonies for the Lord have been 
established in needy areas. 

We have reached out and we praise God for 
what He has done. We are encouraging you to 
reach out: be committed to Jesus Christ and 
serve Him faithfully, pray for us and stand with 
us in this great opportunity of touching 
America with the claims of Jesus Christ through 
the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. ■ 

GBNM Builder . . . 

(Continued from page 10.) 

Steel Erected — The new multi-purpose building at 
the Grace Brethren Navajo Mission in Counselor, 
NM takes shape, as the steel framework was 
erected this summer. 

For about twenty-five years, Tom was 
a building-trades contractor in Southern 
California. This qualified him for the dif- 
ficult building responsibilities in 

In 1976 Tom and Olline decided to 
retire 'back home' in Oklahoma. But 
retirement wasn't permanent — the Lord 
still wanted to use Tom's experience. 
Last October, he received a call from 
Ralph Hall at the Grace Brethren 
Building Ministries in Winona Lake, In- 
diana. Would he be willing to tackle the 
job of construction superintendent on 
the new gym/multi-purpose building at 
Grace Brethren Navajo Mission at 
Counselor, New Mexico? He would! 

Tom says of Olline: "She has been a 
good faithful woman — a good mother, 
too, and a good partner in the work. 
Everything we do, we do together." 

And together they arrived at Grace 
Brethren Navajo Mission last spring. 
Together with the labors of many other 
volunteers Tom is seeing the building 
become a reality. And Olline has work- 
ed in the kitchen and at other necessary 

Soon after they arrived in New Mex- 
ico, Olline asked Tom, "Well, how do 
you feel being back on the mission 

Tom's quick reply was, "I feel just 
great -do you?" 

And Olline responded enthusiastically, 
"I sure do!" ■ 




Print a Sango Book! 

Literature is vital to the 

training of our young 


by June Immel 

"But, Madame, what am I going 
to do? The training camp for 
Lumiere patronesses is at the end 
of this month, and I don't have the 
literature 1 need," Pastor Baguene 
mourned with frustration in his 

"I know. Pastor. I'm sorry. I 
ordered the literature you asked 
for, but it just isn't available," I 

"Is it on the agenda to print?" 

"No, not that I know about." 

"Well, why not?" the pastor 
wanted to know. 

"Pastor, I really don't know. 
Other literature has priority," I 
added softly, 

"Priority!? What could be more 
important than youth literature?" 

"To you, Pastor Baguene, youth 
literature is the most important 
item. However, to the OTN ladies 
their books come first. The men's 
TTN desire their literature to be 
first. The Flambeau boys have 
been crying for a long time for 
books. The pastors want com- 
mentaries. Lessons need prepared 
for the Bible schools. Since the 
print shop has closed, we have 
serious printing problems," I ex- 
plained to him. 

He countered, "What do the 
missionaries intend to do about 
the situation?" 

"Well, what can we do? It is very 

expensive to have books printed 
in Africa. Plus we only know of 
two organizations that can print 
and they are very busy. Their 
literature needs have top priority. 
Our mission board has agreed to a 
revolving fund. They loan us the 
money to have books printed 
here or in the States. We sell the 
books and return the profits to the 
revolving fund. However, the first 
item is to acquire money in the 
revolving fund. I do have an idea. 
I'll ask my friends in the United 
States to 'Help Print a Sango Book'. 
I'll tell them that the people in the 
Central African Republic will really 
appreciate whatever help they 
can give." 

"Thafs a good idea, Madame. 
Our work cannot grow if we do 
not have books. 1 just don't know 

what to do about these classes at 
the end of this month, i need 30 
or more of these books and you 
only have two. What am I to dor 
he asked again pleadingly. 

This conversation with Pastor 
Baguene Henri actually happened 
a few months ago. There was a 
tone of real frustration and 
despair in his voice. 

I know the feeling. 

We do not have literature 
available for our people. Our 
ministry is suffering because of the 
lack of literature. OTN ladies are 
not able to finish their goals 
because certain books they are to 
read are no longer in print. The 
TTN (men) and Flambeau (boys) 
literature is all sold. 

What are we to do? 

I am asking you, dear friends, to 




The bookshelves are 
almost empty 

help. Would you be willing to 
send $1,000, $100, $10, or $1 to 
the FMS office? It would help a 
great deal. 

Imagine yourself entering a 
Christian bookstore and being 
told, "Sorry, no books available!" 
This is what our pastors and lay 
people are being told daily. We 
need your help. Please send what 
God wants you to send to the FMS 
office. Box 588, Winona Lake, In- 
diana 46590. Mark your gift "Print 
a Sango Book." 

The National WMC has ac- 
cepted part of this challenge as its 
Foreign Missions Offering this 
year. WMCs goal is for $10,000 to 
help us print these books. Thanks, 

Please, consider the part you 
can play in helping this need. ■ 

"/ need 30 or more of these books, and you 
only have tv^o. What am I to do?" 








by Sandy Farner 

We would like to share with you how the following passage has taken on new meaning 
since June and July of this year: 

"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 

And as we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them 

who are of the household of faith." (Gal. 6:9-10) 

The Opportunities: 

1. To help in orienta- 
tion of and to minister to 
and work together with 
TIME missionaries Dave 
and Gail Rosner from 
mid-June to the end of 

The Weariness: 

1. What to say and how to say it, 
and how to live what we are going to 
say! Especially when just that week 
the kids get sick, the dog gets sick, 
the upholstery man leaves us without 
living room furniture, the car breaks 
down, the washer goes haywire and 
the maid quits! Trips to Brasilia to par- 
ticipate in the orientation means that 
the Earners will cross ways as their 
buses make the 6-hour night trip and 
their kids are at home alone. (Barb 
lives next door.) The tendency is to 
tell these prospective new mis- 
sionaries, "If you are in your right 
mind, you'll go quietly back to the 
good old USA and forget the whole 

The Reaping: 

1. A new and deepening friendship 
and the potential for a future addi- 
tion to our missionary staff. The 
orientation lessons were prepared 
on time. The bus trip to Brasilia to 
present the lessons was actually 
relaxing. We enjoyed ourselves and 
the Rosners were responsive. Their 
time in Uberlandia was helpful to us 
in many ways. They helped in pup- 
pets, handwork, music, devotionals, 
duplicating, cutting, etc. for VBS and 
the retreat. They "pitched in" to help 
with some physical labor. And even 
found some time for extra-special 
nice things — like helping the Farner 
kids serve a surprise candlelight din- 
ner for their parents during one of 
the busiest weeks ever! 




The Opportunities: 

2. To minister to and 
work with five Brazilian 
students from Word of 
Life Bible Institute during 
the first two weeks of 

The Weariness: 

2. Where are they going to stay? 
Suddenly there aren't enough homes 
of church people to provide 
hospitality for the Word of Liife team. 
And then just as suddenly, there are 
too many people wanting them. Will 
there be hard feelings because some- 
one didn't get who they wanted for a 
guest? How do we transport them 
where they need to be when they 
need to be there? How do we coor- 
dinate the five with our staff of ap- 
proximately 25 from Uberlandia 
when there are some basic dif- 
ferences in philosophy and methods 
of VBS? How do we use them to their 
maximum potential without making 
local people feel inferior? (We may 
not always have a team from Word 
of Life and our local people can do it. 
The/ve proven that to be true.) How 
do we control their youthful en- 
thusiasm without killing it at times? 
Can we keep them busy enough for 
two weeks to fulfill the school's re- 
quirements for this internship? 

The Reaping: 

2. It was especially nice to have 
our Tiao home as one of the team 
members (the captain). It is so evi- 
dent that Cod is preparing and 
polishing him for something special. 
Two other team members were 
Brethren kids from North Brazil and 
how we enjoyed their fellowship. Ifs 
encouraging to see the second 
generation church at work. What 
potential! The team was helpful and 
supportive in every way: teaching, 
preaching, praying, music, counsel- 
ling, helping. They were a challenge 
to our people and took their work 
seriously. It was hard to say good- 

3. To plan and prepare 
materials and staff for a 
VBS in Uberlandia and to 
prepare additional mate- 
rials for a VBS in Brasilia. 
(Actually planning began 
in March.) 

3. Lessons to type, crossword 
puzzles to prepare, a search for the 
"right" handwork, classrooms, equip- 
ment, music to learn and to tape, 
staff to train. How many kids will be 
planned for? Who will teach? Are 
there a sufficient number of helpers? 
What shall we serve for snack-time? 
Who will provide it? Who will serve 
it? Puppet plays to write and type and 
tape and practice. Much work to be 
done still: typing, writing, drawing, 
duplicating, collating, studying, paint- 
ing, buying, cutting, thinking . . . 
hours and hours and hours of it. At 
last all the materials were prepared 
for 100 kids in Uberlandia and 
another 50 in Brasilia a week later. 
But the first day in Uberlandia, the 
kids kept descending: by foot, by car, 
by bus and bicycle- until there were 
150-I-! Thank heavens we had 
prepared the 50 for Brasilia or it 
might have been chaos in Uberlandia 
that first day. But that also meant that 
during our VBS week, we still had to 
prepare an additional 50 for Brasilia. 
By the end of the week, we were 
weary. 1 50-1- kids a day for four hours 
gets to youl 

3. 150-1- kids in Uberlandia and 
about 40 in Brasilia. Some were 
saved, and the list of new contacts is 
encouraging. The staff learned and 
grew together. The Word of Life 
team plus the VBS director from 
Uberlandia went to Brasilia the 
following week to help out that new 
work and the response there was ex- 
cellent, too. 

(Continued on page T8.j 




(Continued from page 17.) 

The Opportunities: 

4. To plan and prepare 
for a four-day youth 
retreat the fourth week of 

The Weariness: 

4. The long search for a place for 
the retreat began in May. We finally 
decided on the federal agricultural 
school. "What a relief," we thought, 
"that we won't have to plan meals, 
find cooks, and buy the food." The 
school has its own staff. So on with 
lesson plans, recreation, music. 
Then, one week before the retreat 
(smack during our VBS week to be 
exact!) the school called to cancel 
our retreat! The government needed 
the facilities for a convention. A mad 
search for another place meant 
cleaning the place, planning meals, 
finding cooks, buying, and hauling 
half of our kitchen out to the retreat 
site, putting up the huge tent, etc., 
etc., etc. Then four days with 25 very 
active teens in very cold weather just 
three days after our VBS! More 

The Reaping: 

4. The retreat was different from 
others we've had. Only one or two 
kids had not already confessed Christ 
as Saviour. We saw more oppor- 
tunities for encouragement in Chris- 
tian growth. And at least one new 
youth was added to our regular 

5. To receive a one- 
week visit from a friend 
who has served as a mis- 
sionary in Brazil for many 
years under another mis- 
sion board. 

6. To receive a two- 
week visit from another 
friend (also a veteran mis- 
sionary under another 

5. and 6. How can we adequately 
entertain guests when we're so busy? 
And the TIME missionaries are 
already here. 

David Rosner 

Gail Rosner 

5 and 6. What special moments of 
encouragement and refreshment 
these ladies gave — like a cool shady 
rest stop in the middle of a hurried 
and hot trip. And like true veteran 
missionaries, they just couldn't stop 
working, even though they were on 
vacation. They found things to do - 
things which we've wanted to do for 
so long, but just never found time - 
rough coat hangers now have nice 
padded covers and plants have been 
repotted, and we have a tape of 
several choruses which we have 
needed to learn from our chorus 
book. We even found some time to 
eat ice cream and to go out to dinner 
together (and we were the guests!). 

7. To prepare for our 
semi-annual Field Council 
and to house our Brasilia 
missionaries as well as 
the TIME missionaries for 
this three-day meeting. 

7. Reports and planning for the 
1985 budget require some quiet time 
for thinking. And then, how will we 
feed and house 10 extra people for 
three days? Can we finish our Field 
Council meetings within the time 
available when there seem to be so 
many interruptions? 

7. What a special time (and how 
rare) when our entire staff can be 
together. The kids don't even want 
to take time out to eat, they enjoy 
playing together so much. And in the 
midst of all the visiting and "catching 
up", we did get our business cared 
for and the reports off to the FMS of- 
fice in time for the Board Meetings. 

The opportunities are great. The weariness is sometimes great also. But we are in agreement 
that the reaping is greater by far. 

"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work 
of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord." (I Cor. 15:58) i 




by Wendell Kent 

1984 Mission Church of the Year 

Rev. Wendell Kent presens Mission Church of the Year Award to 
Rev. Tom Hughes. 

Hats off to Whittier 

Choosing one Grace Brethren 
Mission Church of the Year is a dif- 
ficult task. We wish we could 
honor every church that faithfully 
stands behind its missionaries. We 
did make a choice, however, and 
the 1984 Mission Church of the 
Year is the Community Grace 
Brethren Church of Whittier, 

This church, with 350 members, 
makes missions a year-long, in- 
tegral part of its program and 
reason for being. The church feels 
a deep obligation to those mis- 
sionaries who have come from 
within its own membership. 
Therefore it has undertaken the 
full support of three missionaries, 
a bold step for any church. In addi- 
tion, other missionaries are partial- 
ly supported. 

Here are some outstanding 
features of this busy congregation: 
. . . 25% of all Sunday School offer- 
ings are designated for mission 
. . . Missions commission meets 


. . . Written Missions policy 80% 

. . . Weekly Community Beacon 
always carries a missions em- 

. . . Preaddressed aerogrammes 
made available for members to 
write missionaries. 
. . . DVBS bought just the keys 
($6.00 a key) for a typewriter for 

. . . Pre-pregnancy shower held for 
missionary enroute to field (an- 
ticipating a possible addition dur- 
ing term). 

. . . Old fashioned pound party for 
returning missionaries. 
. . . Commissioning service for its 
own missionaries. 
. . . Annual "All Mexico Day." 
. . . Special Sunday School teacher 
training course on missions. 
. . . Attractive scrapbook depicting 
various missions activities. 

We congratulate the good peo- 
ple at Whittier and thank them for 
their good work. ■ 

Altoona Wins 

Expanding Vision 


Ifs exciting to learn about 
churches that are showing signifi- 
cant growth in their involvement 
with missions. We believe that 
such a church is the Grace 
Brethren Church of Altoona, 
Pennsylvania, winner of the 1984 
Expanding Vision Award. This year 
was the first year for this award. 

This church has increased its mis- 
sion giving by 300% in four years. 

It has completed a written mis- 
sion policy after 16 months of 
careful refinement. 

It held an outstanding three-day 
missions conference this year. 

Missionaries are considered very 
important people in this church 
and there is a concerted effort to 
keep the congregation aware of 
the ministries and needs of its mis- 
sionaries. ■ 


Grace Brethren Foreign Missions 
would also like to recognize three 
churches for their good participa- 
tion in missions. Honorable Men- 
tions go to the Bethel Brethren 
Church, Berne, IN; Grace Brethren 
Church, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; and 
Community Grace Brethren 
Church, Warsaw, IN. Thanks for 
your involvement in the Great 
Commission. ■ 







by Nora Macon 

Aztec pyramids, thousands of 
years old, reaching for the sky. 
People transporting goods on 
the back of an old mule. A 
tropical island resort with sway- 
ing palm trees. Dancers in gaily 
colored outfits stomping to the 
Latin beat of their castanets. 
Pinatas. A man with his som- 
brero pulled over his eyes taking 
a siesta. 

Perhaps these are some of the 
visions that creep into your 
mind when you hear "Mexico". 
The United States' southern 
neighbor often has a mystical 
appeal to us- appearing as a 
brightly hued land of enchant- 

Consider these facts: 

-Mexico is Latin America's 
fourth largest country. 

-Economic hardship for many 
abounds due to rural poverty, 
urban unemployment, political 
tensions, and explosive popula- 
tion growth. 

-The Roman Catholic Church 

has retained the loyalties of 
Mexican people more than ii 
most Latin American countrii 
-The Mexican government 
placed some restrictions on 1 
Roman Catholics and Pro- 




Population: 69,590,000 (highest growth 
rate in the world) 

Mexico City - 12,000,000 (projected to 
be the largest city in the world — 31 
million -before the end of the cen- 
Tijuana - 535,535 
Religion: Roman Catholic - 85% 
Protestant - 4.5% 
Evangelicals - 4% 


ints, but otherwise religious 
dom is enjoyed, 
ese facts may startle you. 
ico isn't a fairy tale tourist 
ction. Ifs a country strug- 
; and growing rapidly. Mex- 
City is one of the largest 
5 in the world. People from 

r parts of Mexico are con- 

illy moving to the city. 

ywhere you look there are 


e present unsettled condi- 

; and hardships for many are 

ing to break down the bar- 

of prejudice against the 
oel. People are more willing 
ear the Word of Cod. 
the past there has been 
h opposition to Protestant 
<, but this is waning con- 
rably. The Grace Brethren 

in Mexico was opened in 
I, with missionary families 

locating across the international 
border from Tijuana. Today 
there are two areas of work in 
Mexico — the "border" area and 
Mexico City. Missionaries 
opened Mexico City in 1963, 
and the government recently 
granted some land on which to 
build a church. 

The ministry in Mexico is 
characterized by con- 
trasts—great poverty in some 
areas and great affluence in 

The goal of establishing local 
indigenous churches is the 
guiding principle of the work. 
This is being accomplished 
through evangelism, youth and 
family camps, literature distribu- 
tion, visitation, and Bible studies. 
A Bible Institute is being 
operated by the national church 
to train pastors and leaders. 

Currently, Grace Brethren 
Foreign Missions has four mis- 
sionary families serving in Mex- 
ico. Walt and Alys Haag and 
jack Churchill are ministering on 
the border. Each day they travel 
back and forth across the border 
to help in the churches located 
in San Ysidro (California), Ti- 
juana, Ensenada, and Mexicali. 

Tom and Sue Sharp and James 
and Elizabeth Schaefer are work- 
ing in Mexico City. The 
Schaefers just arrived on the 
field and are involved in 
language study. Tom and Sue 
minister in our growing church. 

Grace Brethren Missions' work 
in Mexico has some urgent 
needs. Please consider how you 
can get involved in missions in 

1. Men and women are needed 
who will dedicate their lives 
to sharing the Gospel with 
the Mexican people. The 
need for more missionaries is 

2. Churches in the States are 
needed to become part- 
ner—churches and invest 
time, finances, and prayers in 
the ministry in Mexico. 

3. Prayer support is needed 
greatly; people are needed 
who will commit their lives 
to pray daily: 

-that the Mexican believers 
will reach out to their 
neighbors and friends and 
share Christ with them, 
-that the use of discipleship 
training in the churches will 
produce solid personal 
growth and strong churches, 
-for the safety of the mis- 
sionaries as they do much 

-for permanent visas for the 

-for more workers to join our 
missionary team in Mexico. 
Mexico is a land bursting with 

people— people who need to 

hear about Jesus Christ. What 

role will you play in the 

challenge of Mexico? ■ 






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1984 CE Awards 

National Awards 

Church of the Year 

Southern Lancaster Grace Brethren 

Lancaster, Pennsylvania 

Sunday School of the Year 

Grace Brethren Church 
Crandview, Washington 

Senior Medal of Ministry 

Mrs. Ruth Ashman 

Grace Brethren Church of Seal Beach 

Seal Beach, California 

Mrs. Evelyn Gonawein 

Grace Brethren Church 

Fremont, Ohio 

Educator of the Year 

Mr. Luke Martin 
Grace Brethren Church 
New Holland, Pennsylvania 

Resurrection of the Year 

Grace Brethren Church 
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 

CE Idea of the Year 

"Little People's Bulletin" 

Big Valley Grace Brethren Church 

Modesto, California 

1983-84 PSA 
District Winners 


Cumberland, MD - 10.8% 


Orange City, FL - 31.8% 


Ewa Beach, HI - 21.8% 


Leesburg, IN - 18.4% 


Longview, TX - 38.9% 


Lansing, Ml - 4.1% 


Chambersburg, PA - 23.3% 


Auburn, CA - 37.7% 

Northcentral Ohio 

Delaware, OH - 32.8% 

Northeast Ohio 

Norton, OH - 14.8% 

Northern Atlantic (tie) 

Lancaster, PA - (Grace) 20.7% 
Lancaster, PA - (Southern) 20.7% 


Eagle River, AK - 56.9% 


Riner, VA - 15.4% 


Anderson, SC - 11.4% 

Southern Cal - Arizona 

Beaumont, CA - 18.8% 

Southern Ohio 

Dayton, OH - (Calvary) 28.6% 


Albuquerque, NM - (Heights) 39.1% 

Western Pennsylvania 

Jersey Shore, PA - 30.2% 


Ministry Tips — 

to nsLfi tns gza±± zoot± 

A free publication. Ministry Tips is a new CE ministry designed to give practical 
help to elders, deacons, Sunday school teachers, small-group leaders and disciplers. 

The first issue of Ministry Tips included these articles: "Tailor-Made Ministries" 
(suggesting four steps a church can take in ministering to specific needs); "Ten Helps 
for Bible Study Leaders;" "Creative Ways to Teach Children Memory Verses;" "Fami- 
ly and Marriage Quiz;" and "Ministry Help," a question and ansv^er column. 

Each issue also includes a brief section of CE news and prayer requests. 

To receive Ministry Tips six times each year, simply write: GBC Christian 
Education/Box 365/Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. (People currently on our mailing 
list will automatically receive Ministry Tips.) 

1 984 Church of the Year 

Duthern Lancaster 

Grace Brethren Church 

They had been in the running for 
several years. Their rapid growth didn't 
go unnoticed. 

This year, though, they won. We honor 
the Southern Lancaster Grace Brethren 
Church of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, as CE's 
1984 Church of the Year. 

From their early beginnings as a Bible 
class in 1976, the heartbeat of this church 
has been to share the Gospel with 
everyone in the lower half of Lancaster 
County. Now with a base of over 200 
families and a location ideal for continued 
growth, this GBC is moving toward the 
fulfillment of that dream. 

"The Miracle of our church," writes 
Pastor Vernon Harris, "cannot be fully ap- 
preciated without seeing it in its setting. 
We are part of the Willow Valley com- 
plex with its nearly 200 acres for 
restaurant, motel, apartments, golf 
course, shopping mall, new homes and a 
retirement community that will, within 
two years, house 500 people. God put us 
right in the middle of this with unlimited 

Joined by pastors Phillip Simmons and 
Steve Doutrich, Pastor Harris now 
ministers to about 300 people each Sun- 
day morning. Such growth, though, isn't 
without "problems." 

"A new building committee has been 
appointed to begin planning for future ex- 
pansion," says Harris. "The nursery rooms 
are so full the ladies are threatening to 
bring any new children into my office. 

"We are considering two services this 
fall. It's great to see the place full and 
ushers working overtime hauling chairs." 

Impressive growth isn't the only reason 
for this recognition. Strong areas of car- 
ing, discipleship, planned fellowship and 
variety and depth in Christian education 
contribute to this church's total ministry. 
For these emphases and their specialized 
ministries to singles, youth and senior 
saints, we honor Southern Lancaster 
Grace Brethren Church by naming it our 
1984 Church of the Year. 

Significant Decisions We Made 

by Pastor Vernon Harris 

1 . The decision to start. It was a bold move on the part of 
45 people to step out and organize this church. District mis- 
sions had been discussing the potential of a church that could 
reach southern Lancaster County. Now was the time. 

2. My decision to accept the call. My wife and I prayed for 
two months before we would accept. Cod clearly led us. 

3. Men were to lead. We wanted a church led by men. 
Men would be the leading officers. The women were and still 
are happy about this decision. 

4. The pastor is the leader of the church. I was firm on 
this, or I wouldn't come. I didn't want to be a dictator, simply a 
coach. But I've seen what happens when pastoral leadership is 
constantly challenged and I was determined to avoid this prob- 

5. Elder board. We voted to switch to this system. How 
did we ever get into the other method so many years ago? 

6. Unanimous decisions. Our elder board and building 
committee agreed to work on a unanimous decision basis. It 
scared me at first, but I wouldn't want it any other way now. 

7. Our decision to be a part of a big corporate complex. 

We bought land here and built our own building, with Grace 
Brethren Home Missions assistance. Some were fearful at first, 
but Cod led so clearly that we knew it was right. 

8. Steps of faith. All of us decided to believe God for the 
impossible. It was a whole church effort. I challenged the 
church that there were two things I did not want to hear after 
we all decide to believe God for something: 

1 . "We can't do it." 

2. "We can't afford it." 

9. To grow. We wanted this ingrained in us. It is too easy 
to think and stay small. God has honored this. 

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Over 200 public decisions 
were made at Youth 
Conference Here's a 
sampling from written 
decision cards: 

"I accepted Jesus Christ 
into my heart." 
"To commit my life to 
Christ, to keep a pure 
heart and mind, and to 
serve Him by carrying 
the torch." 

"I have decided not to 
be scared of speaking 
about Christ at school." 
"I want to carry the 
torch so that God's 
Word and love can be 
seen through my life." 
"I want to obey 
everything that I know 
about God. I want to 
put into action what I've 
learned this summer 
about ministry and let- 
ting God shine through 

"To have a better and 
more Christ-like attitude 
toward non-Christians at 

"To take a stand for 
Christ in school by tak- 
ing time to build bridges 
and witness to my 
friends and enemies." 
"I want to do what the 
Lord has for my life in 
foreign missions or in 
any place he has 
prepared for me." 
"On August 5, 1984, I 
have rededicated my life 
to Jesus Christ and am 
ready to serve Him at 
any time and all the 

"I decided to rededicate 
my life to Christ tonight 
because I was traveling 
down the wrong road 
and not walking with 
Christ. I want to be on 
fire for the Lord instead 
of lukewarm." 
"I just wanted to commit 
myself to serving the 
Lord by witnessing to all 
my friends at school and 
not being ashamed of 

"I have gone to church 
all my life but never had 
Christ in my heart. I 
want to live for Cod and 
change my ways. I want 
to be a Christian." 

1 984 Brethre 

Over 1150 Grace Brethren 
teens and youth workers at- 
tended this year's Brethren Na- 
tional Youth Conference, 
August 1-7. The great week of 
spiritual emphasis also includ- 
ed a challenge by Operation 
Barnabas (above). National 
Achievement Competition 
(right), and SMM Girl of the 
Year coronation (below). 
Thank you for your prayer sup- 
port which made our week 

SMM Girl of the Year 
Tammy Summers, Indiana 
District (center), first runner- 
up Kelli Swartz, West Penn- 
sylvania District (right), and 
second runner-up Lynette 
Nutter, Northern Atlantic 
District (left). 

(ational Youth Conference 

NAC Winners 


Interp. Scrip. Mem. 

Teen Challenge Speaker 

Teen Evangelist Speaker 

Teen Teacher 

Original Art 
Art-Painting & Drawing 
Art-Crafts & Printmaking 

Original Poetry 
Piano Solo 

Instrumental Solo 

Instrumental Ensemble 

Vocal Solo I (Men) 
Vocal Solo I (Vl/omen) 

Vocal Solo II (Men) 

Vocal Solo II (Women) 

Small Vocal Ensemble 

Large Vocal Ensemble 

Youth Choir 

Choral Reading 


Small Grp./Solo Drama 

Large Grp. Drama 


Jackie Gelsinger, N. Atl., 1st 
Alison Funk, MAD, 2nd 
Scott Fetter, NEO, 1st 
Mark Eiiis, VA, 2nd 
Bret Kerns, MAD, 1st 
BIN Slonebreaker, W. Penn, 2nd 
DebKiinger, N. Atl., 1st 
Becky Meredith, Vt/. Penn. 2nd 
Steve Mitchell, SO, 1st 
Neii Geisei, Vl/. Penn, 2nd 
Lisa Leedy, NCO, 1 st 
Marie Burkhart, IN, 2nd 
Michelle Geisinger, MAD, 1 st 
Steve Divine, N. Atl.. 1st 
David Hasker, MAD, 2nd 
Julie Musser, N. Atl, 1st 
Matt McCoy, MAD, 2nd 
Laura Rilchy & Kim Pakel, 

NEO, 1st 
Handbell Choir, MAD, 2nd 
David Hasker, MAD, 1st 
Karen Kackei, N. Atl., 1st 
Diane Shanholtz, VA, 2nd 
Andrew Irving, NCO, 1st 
Lonnie Long, N. Atl., 2nd 
Mary Hicks, MAD, 1st 
Ooree Light, N. Atl., 2nd 
"Destiny", N. Atl., 1st 
"A New Song", NEO, 2nd 
"Glory", MAD, 1st 
"His Workmanship", N. Atl., 2nd 
"His Flock", W. Penn., 1st 
"Alethia", N. At!., 2nd 
"Maranatha Choral Readers, 

MAD, 1st 
"Christ Loving Clowns", 

N. Atl., 1st 
Mime/Clowning Team, PL, 2nd 
Georgia Lythgoe, W. Penn., 1st 
Jeff Unrun, Jenniler Baker, 

Laura Livengood, MAD, 2nd 
N. Atl., 1st 
Indiana, 1st 


Ken Russell Memorial 
Grace College 
National Ministerium 
National Ministerium 
B. Brd. of Evangelism 
B. Brd. of Evangelism 
H. Etiing Memorial 

David Tittle Memorial 
Leila Polman Memorial 
Leila Poleman Memorial 
Leo Polman Memorial 
Leo Polman Memorial 
Grace College 
Grace College 


S 50.00 
S 75.00 

B. Miss. Herald Co. S125.00 

Grace College $250.00 

Grace College $125.00 

Grace College $250.00 

Grace College $125.00 

S 50.00 
S 50.00 
$ 50.00 

Bible Quizzing 

Quiz Team - 1st Place NCO. 

Coach: Fioyd Waggoner 

Ouizzers: Robin Crosby, John Van 
Zwienlen, Scott Beichler, Stephanie 
Swift, Mo Cleveland, Tim Cleveland 

(Team receives $3000.00 from 
GBC Christian Ed. for trip to a mis- 
sion field or $500.00 scholarship 
per quizzer to Grace College) 

Quiz Team — 2nd Place FL 
Coach: Tonya Waggoner 
Ouizzers: Daniel Siegrist, Kathy 
Davis, Renee Willard, Bill Matthews, 
Billy Williams, Lisa Robertson 

(Each recieves $25.00 gift cer- 
tificate from BMH) 

Top Five Ouizzers — Each receive 
$500.00 scholarship from Grace 
College (1st - Beth Christner, NEO; 
2nd - Cheryl Bruce, SO; 3rd - Jeff 
Fatten, IN; 4th - Jenny Lawhorne, 
VA; 5th - Mary Wenger, W. Penn.) 

More Winners . 

SMM Girl of the Year 
SMM Runner-Up 
(Each receive $500.00 
scholarship from Grace 

Tammy Summers, IN, 1st 
Keiii Swartz, Vl/. Penn, 2nd 

National WMC $500.00 
National SMM $ 50.00 

Guy's Basketball 

Girl's Basketball 

Mixed Volleyball 
Sportsmanship Award 

W. Penn, 1st NEO, 2nd 
MAD, 1st W. Penn, 2nd 

N. Atl., 1st S. OH, 2nd 

Guy's Basketball 
Girl's Basketball 
Mixed Volleyball 
Youth Group of the Year Grace Brethren Church 

Kip Cone, IN 
Rae Ann Sutton, MAD 
Steve Burkett, W. Penn. 
Martinsburg, PA Vl/. Penn 







President: Margie Devan 
First Vice President: Geneva Inman 
Second Vice President: Janet Minnix 
Secretary: Florence Lesh 
Assistant Secretary: Ginny Sellers 
Financial Secretary Treasurer: 

Joyce Ashman 
Ass't. Financial Secretary Treasurer: 

Donna Miller 
Literature Secretary: Lillian Teeter 
Editor: Nora Macon 
Prayer Chairman: Debbie Adams 

Jftsstonary isiniidays 

Argentina December 1984 

Mrs. Lita Futch Dec. 5 


Jessica Miller December 2, 1976 

Central African Republic 

Miss Mary Cripe Dec. 5 

Karl Immel Dec. 13, 1969 

Miss Mary Ann Habegger Dec. 29 


Mrs. Colleen Craigen Dec. 9 

Clive Craigen Dec. 21, 1968 

Rev. Richard Harrell Dec. 28 


Ryan Peugh Dec. 21, 1968 

Freya Pappas Dec. 22, 1977 

Philip Peugh Dec. 29, 1970 


Joel Graham Dec. 27. 1981 


Rev. Walter Haag Dec. 4 

Mrs. Elizabeth Schaefer Dec. 29 


Barnabas Mines Dec. 19, 1979 

In the United States 

Mrs. Marguerite Tresise Dec. 14 

Julie Hobert Dec. 17, 1981 

Mrs. Lois Miller Dec. 27 

Mrs. Susan Griffith Dec. 29 

WMC President's 
National Address — 1984 

by Mrs. Fred Devan 

President of National WIVIC 

(Continued from last issue) 

Closely akin to Fruitful is Finan- 
ces. At home, at work, at church, in 
any organization, finances are a 
major concern. Let's take a look at 
national WMC finances this year. 

When the national WMC board- 
composed of national officers and 
district presidents meets prior to 
conference, we set goals for the 
various offerings for the coming 
year. These are not only goals for 
us, but a commitment to the 
national boards. For instance, our 
goal for Home Missions was $9,000 
and on the basis of that, before the 
offering was received, the Home 

Mission board purchased a four- 
wheel drive vehicle for the Navajo 
Mission. The offering which came 
in for that vehicle was $9,028.42. 
Dr. Lester E. Pifer wrote to me in 

We gratefully acknowledge 
this very splendid and generous 
gift of the ladies of the WMC. We 
appreciate your interest in all of 
the aspects of this home mission 
work. Through the years you 
ladies have always come through 
in a very splendid fashion in mis- 
sionary giving. Praise the Lord! 

The church-planting vehicle 
for the Navajo Mission has been 
bought and is now In use. It is a 
new Ford Bronco II which should 
be a very practical piece of trans- 
portation for our missionaries. 

Other special projects for Home 

Missions totaled $6,400.50. We 
should feel very good about our 
giving to Home Missions. 

The next major offering, due in 
March, was a goal of $10,000 for 
Grace Schools for the refurbishing 
of seating in McClain Auditorium. 
When the national WMC executive 
committee met in February, this 
work had already been done, com- 
plete with a plaque hanging over 
the door crediting national WMC. 
Our goal was $10,000, but we re- 
ceived only $7,902.00. We were 
$2,089.00 short on that goal and 
someone has to make up the differ- 
ence. That concerns me. 

Of even greater concern is our 
national SMM offering. Over the 
past several years, this is an area 
where we have consistently fallen 




short. Maybe you are not aware of 
our arrangement with the Christian 
Education Department regarding 
SMIVI. Here's how it worl<s. The 
Christian Education Department 
hires the director of SIVIIVI, cur- 
rently iVIiss Sue Rike. She must be 
approved by the CE board and our 
board. We are supposed to provide 
one-half of her salary and CE the 
other half. Our goal for this year 
was $7,000 with $500 of that going 
to a scholarship for the SMM Girl- 
of-the-Year. This year we received 
$4,456.80 for the SIVIIVI offering. 
Subtract $500 and you see how 
much is left for the director of 
SMM's salary. Fortunately, the 
Christian Education Department 
never reprimands us for the lack, 
but very kindly thanks us for the 
amount contributed and pays the 
director her regular salary. Again 
someone is making up the differ- 
ence for us and that concerns me. 

It concerns me even more that 
this offering is consistently the 
lowest one. SMM is supposed to be 
our daughter organization and in 
reality the SMM girls are our 
daughters and granddaughters. I 
have a daughter in SMM and I 
would venture to say that most of 
you here today have a daughter or 
granddaughter in SMM. Even if you 
personally don't have a loved one in 
SMM or even an SMM group in 
your church, I would hope that you 
would be very much concerned 
about the training of Grace Breth- 
ren girls. In the midst of all the bad 
examples of young womanhood 
that we all see every day, we should 
praise the Lord for darling little 
girls and lovely young women that 
SMM is training: to know, read and 
memorize the Bible; about our 
Grace Brethren missions program; 
in practical aspects such as cooking, 
sewing, personal appearance, baby- 
sitting; how to have fun as a Chris- 
tian; how to be Christlike in every 
aspect of life. 

As a mother, I have been very 
thankful for other Christian women 
who have taken an interest in my 
daughter and have assisted me in 
her upbringing. 

I am really ashamed of the lack 
of financial support we have given 
to SMM this year. Are you? Let's 
do something about it. First of all. 

let's thank God for the excellent 
program He has allowed us to have 
and then let's get behind it with our 
prayers and dollars. If each member 
gave the suggested $1.50 per year 
that would exceed the $7,000 goal. 
Maybe some of us could give an 
extra $1.50 just in case some don't. 
It would really thrill me to see us 
go far above this goal in the coming 
year. How about it, ladies? Can we 
do it? I know we can if we prayer- 
fully work together. 

Now for some encouraging 
words. We began the year with a 

"National offerings are not 

only goals for us, but a 

commitment to the 

national boards." 

$4,600 deficit in our Operation 
and Publications account. This is 
the account that pays for our 
Herald pages; postage and phone 
calls; printing of "Pen Pointers"; 
expenses of preparing, printing and 
mailing program packets (the 
amount you pay for your packets 
doesn't cover the expense) ; officers' 
travel; supplies and other expenses 
of running this organization. This 
deficit had accumulated over 
several years as we just haven't 
taken in enough to cover the ex- 
penses. This was a big concern for 
your national officers as we met in 
February 1983. We took a close 
look at our expenes and tried to see 
where we could cut down without 
cutting our services to you. One of 
the first things we cut was Herald 
pages. You may have noticed that 
for the past year and a half we've 
had two pages instead of four. I 
don't really like that, but it was a 
decision we felt we had to make in 
light of our financial situation. We 
gave our editor the leeway to use 
more pages when needed, such as 
after conference when we have a lot 
of information to get to you. 

Another change was in the fees 
for the program packets. The 
charge was raised to $12 for two 

packets this year. Again, that was a 
change we really didn't want to 
make; but, since the packets cost 
$2,600 more than the fees paid for 
them last year, it was necessary. 
With the wealth of information, 
helps and books you receive, we 
still think it's a bargain. 

Last fall, we asked each district 
to do something special to help 
wipe out the deficit. Many of you 
responded beautifully. A total of 
$4,597.00 came in for debt re- 
duction so the deficit is down. 
Thanks to each of you who re- 

This fiscal year, ending June 30, 
we finished with a small balance in 
the Operation and Publication 
account. Praise the Lord! Your na- 
tional officers are trying very hard 
to use your funds wisely and pre- 
vent another deficit. But, as you 
know from your own home situa- 
tion, the cost of everything keeps 
going up so we need your help in 
continued giving. The Operation 
and Publication goal is another that 
is usually not met. Let's work to- 
gether on that one, too. 

Some have asked, "What about 
our Jewish Thank Offering since 
the Jewish mission work is chang- 
ing?" Since the work is not ceasing 
but changing direction, our con- 
tinued support is needed. The 
Home Mission board is counting on 
our continued support. Let's not 
disappoint them. 

IMow— let's move on to another 
reason for that "F." How about 
Fellowship'! Fellowship at our local 
council meetings is always great. 
District rallies and conferences are 
another opportunity for sweet fel- 
lowship with our WMC sisters. Na- 
tional WMC executive meetings, 
board meetings and conference are 
highlights of my year as I enjoy 
fellowship with Christian women 
from across the country. We're all 
different, have different ways of 
doing things, speaking and dressing, 
but we come together on the com- 
mon ground of our love for Christ 
and His work through WMC. 

Your fellowship through prayer 
has meant a lot to me this year. So 
many people came to me after the 
installation service last conference 
and said, "I'll be praying for you." 
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Through the year I've heard or read 
that same promise and it has en- 
couraged me. 

Fellowship through correspond- 
ence has been sweet also. When my 
"President's letters" went out, 
many of you responded with per- 
sonal notes written as to a friend. 
I thoroughly enjoyed hearing of the 
plans and happenings of your local 
councils. Thanks for writing. 
Thanks also for your district news- 
papers which have given me a 
window on what is going on in 
WMC across the country. 

On two occasions, the mailman 
has delivered letters from pastors 
asking for information on WMC and 
suggestions for starting one in their 
church. That was exciting! 

There have been Frustrations. I 
have received a couple of letters 
from councils who were disbanding. 
Also, one district has dissolved their 
organization. I am saddened that 
WMC no longer meets a need for 
these ladies. Perhaps some other or- 
ganization will better serve their 
needs. In any event, I encouraged 
them to continue to pray for and 
support Grace Brethren missions. 

The year has gone Fast and it 
has been Fun. Don't let anyone tell 
you that our executive committee 
meetings are stuffy. As Mary Pop- 
pins would say, "A spoonful of 
sugar helps the medicine go down." 
Lots of laughter and fun have made 
our business meetings enjoyable. 

This year has brought many 
Friends to me. Some I have met 
briefly, some I know only through 
the mail; others I have spent many 
happy hours with. My family has 
also completely changed the circle 
of friends that we associate with 

This year meant honoring a 
promise I made to the Lord many 
years ago, that I would go wherever 
He sent me. That wasn't easy to do. 
Our family was comfortably settled 
in Roanoke, Virginia, within a 
fifteen minute drive or phone call 
of much of our family. We were 
ministering in a church to people 
we love dearly. I was teaching in 
and our children were attending a 
fine Christian school which we en- 
joyed. The Lord began to work first 
in my husband's heart, saying it was 
time to move to another church. 

We resisted at first but the urging 
was inescapable. For a while, it 
seemed that everyone we met was 
telling us about the great need for a 
pastor at the GBC in Alexandria, 
Virginia, what lovely people were 
there, what a nice building and par- 
sonage they had. The name "Alex- 
andria" only brought to my mind 
the great mass of people, roads and 
buildings that comprise the huge 
Washington, D.C., area, and I 
thought, "No, Lord, not there." As 
time went on and the Lord con- 
tinued to work in my heart, I had 
to remind myself of the promise I 
had made to go anywhere and I be- 
came willing. 

It was very hard to leave familiar 
surroundings, the mountains, and 
most of all people we love. But 
through it all there was that inner 
peace that only comes from doing 
the Father's will. I am still a bit 
overwhelmed by the size and num- 
ber of the phone books and the 
thickness of the newspaper, but we 
are adjusting. The people of Alex- 

"God doesn't call us to be 

successful, He calls us to 

be faithful." 

andria have welcomed us with open 
arms and hearts and we love them 
already. They have provided a beau- 
tiful home for us. We had been 
praying for a bigger home and the 
Lord gave more than I'd wished for. 
Isn't that His way? 

We've ridden the Metro— Wash- 
ington's subway and rapid transit 
system, have been to the top of the 
Washington Monument and enjoyed 
other places of special interest in 
the Nation's capital. We've located 
K-Mart, Penny's, and Baskin- 
Robbins, so we're feeling at home. 
This fall I will be teaching at and our 
children will be attending the Grace 
Brethren Christian School in 
Temple Hills, Maryland. We're ex- 
cited about the challenge and 
opportunity the Lord has given us 
of ministering in a new place. 

Friends? Yes, we have many new 
ones and anticipate many more. 

If I had to pick one word to 
characterize WMC women, I think 
it would be Faithful. My husband's 
definition of a faithful person is 
one who is dependable, reliable, 
and always can be counted on. I 
think that pretty much describes 
WMC women as a whole. I heard a 
pastor say recently, "God doesn't 
call us to be successful. He calls us 
to be faithful." I think that is very 
true. As we are faithful to Him, He 
guarantees the success of our ef- 
forts for Him. Thank you, ladies, 
for being faithful in the many 
aspects of our WMC work this past 
year. I feel it has been a successful 

My last "F" is for the Future. Of 
course, we don't know all that the 
future holds and I am glad we 
don't. But we can look ahead a 
little. Our theme for the coming 
year is "How Shall They Hear?" 
This is a thorough study of mis- 
sions, devoting both our Bible 
study and missions emphasis time 
to missions. This promises to be a 
very interesting and informative 
year, as well as presenting a chal- 
lenge to each of us to be involved in 
missions. Remember, "Missionary" 
is WMC's middle name. The first 
purpose of our organization as 
stated in our constitution is 'To 
promote the cause of home and for- 
eign missionary work." Praise the 
Lord, our missionary force is in- 
creasing greatly each year and new 
fields are being entered. The chal- 
lenge to us is to enlarge our mis- 
sionary vision, praying and giving. 

I also hope that the future will 
hold the elimination of the deficit 
in the Operation and Publication 
Expense Fund and the meeting of 
all our mission goals— especially the 
support of SMM. 

As we think of the Future of 
WMC, especially in the year that is 
before us. I'm sure in some ways it 
will be Frigfitening and Frustrating 
but let's commit those to the Lord 
and expect His help. As we all work 
together on the local, district and 
national level, I'm sure it will be a 
year that is Fruitful, Financially 
successful, full of Fun, Fellowship 
and new Friends as we are Faithful 
to Him who has called us. ■ 




WMC Pen Pointers 


1 . Read and study the Bible regularly. 

2. Be a faithful prayer warrior. 

(See Pen Pointer, "Women Manifesting Christ") 

3. Active In Evangelism. 

(See Pen Pointer, "Women Manifesting Christ") 

4. Encourage increased interest in SMM or aid in the establishment of 
SMM in your local church. 

5. Give regularly to WMC - time, talent, and money as the Lord leads 
and prospers. 

(See Pen Pointer, "Working in My Church") 

6. Support regular family devotions. 

(See Pen Pointer, "What is WMC?") 
Use of Dally Devotions is suggested. 


1 . Honor those reading the entire Bible within a year. 

2. Recognize the SMM at a district WMC program. Encourage girls' par- 
ticipation In Little Princess and Girl of the Year Contest. 

3. Use BRETHREN talent when available and SUPPDRT Brethren works. 

4. Send District Newspaper to National President, National Editor, and 
District Editors. 

5. Sponsor at least one project, said project to be cleared through the 
National First Vice President, Geneva Inman, to avoid duplication. 
The project may be kept within the district, but the National First 
Vice President should be advised for completion of her report. 

6. Send all district offerings for National Brethren works to the National 
WMC Financial Secretary-Treasurer, Joyce Ashman. 

7. Contribute an annual freewill offering, to be used as the committee 
in charge sees the need, toward furnishing and repair of the Brethren 
Foreign Missionary Residence at Winona Lake, Indiana. Send to the 
National WMC Financial Secretary-Treasurer, Joyce Ashman. 

8. Pay the District President's expenses to National Conference. 

9. Give financial assistance, so that the district SMM Patroness may 
attend National Conference, and/or the National Seminar for District 

10. Contribute annually to the National WMC Operation and Publication 
Expenses. Send to the National WMC Financial Secretary-Treasurer, 
Joyce Ashman. Send by September 10th. 


1. Observe a special time of prayer on the 15th day of each month. 

(Pen Pointer, "How To" and "Through the Years") 

2. Emphasize prayer for BSLV members, for district youth who made 
decisions for full time Christian service. 

3. Support district rallies and projects. 

4. Contribute to Major Offerings: 

(PLEASE send all money to the National WMC Financial Secretary, 
Joyce Ashman, USING the proper offering slip from the Treasurer's 
sheet in the Program Packet. Make CHECKS PAYABLE TO - GRACE 
a. September, October, November 

HOME MISSIONS - Goal $9,000.00 

Send before December 1Dth. 

PLEASE NOTE: This offering period is during Thanksgiving 

season, so also send in your 


We suggest a minimum of $1.50 a year per member. NOTE: 
Send before December 10. 

b. December, January, February 
GRACE SCHOOLS - Goal $9,000.00. 
Send before March 10th. 

NOTE: Since SMM is the heart of WMC . . . 


(SMM Girl-of-the-year Scholarship and sponsorship of Director of 
SMM — Christian Education Department.) We suggest a 
minimum of $3.00 a year per member. 
NOTE: Send before March lOlh. Goal $7,000.00. 

c. March, April, May 

FOREIGN MISSIONS - Goal $10,000.00. 

Send before June lOlh. 

BIRTHDAY OFFERING to be received during the year toward the 

support of the WMC BIRTHDAY MISSIONARIES honoring the 

years of service. We suggest a minimum of $1 .50 a year per 


Send before June lOlh. 


1 . Mrs. Tim (Sandy) Farner, South Brazil 

2. Mrs. Earl (Lita) Futch, Argentina 

3. Mrs. Kent (Becky) Good, France 

4. Miss Margaret Hull, CAR 

5. Mrs. Roger (Nancy) Peugh, Germany 

d. June, July, August 


Goal $10,000.00 

NOTE: Send before September 10th. 

5. Encourage the reading of the following books, which may be pur 
chased from the Brethren Missionary Herald Company, Box 544, 
Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 

Undaunted Hope, Dr. Florence Gribble 

Israeli Love Story, Zola Levin 

Come Up to This Mountain, Lois Neely 

6. USE BRETHREN talent when available and SUPPORT BRETHREN 
WORKS. SUPPORT SMM. (See Pen Pointer "Working in My Church.") 

7. Aid in expenses, if possible, of local president or representative to 
attend each district meeting and National WMC Conference. 

8. Elect officers In April or May to assume their duties